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USNS Plumas County (T-LST-1083)
USS Plumas County (LST-1083) (1955 - 1965)
USS LST-1083 (1945 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Oscar - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (3) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 22 November1944, at American Bridge Co. Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 14 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS LST-1083, 12 February 1945 at Naval Repair Base, Algiers LA., LT. Dewilton S. Jeffries, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1083 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Two, CDR. D. J. Sweeny (23);
    LST Group Ninety-Five, CDR. J. Capponi;
    LST Division One Hundred Ninety and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Theater
    Campaigns and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 8 to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-1083 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 to 11 September 1945
    8 October to 1 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 1 August 1946
  • Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 8 September 1950
  • During The Korean War USS LST-1083 participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    First UN Counter Offensive
    3 February to 17 March 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    20 to 21 May 1952
    18 june to 7 July 1952
    9 to 31 August 1952
    14 October to 1 November 1952
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    24 to 30 April 1951
    6 to 18 May 1951

  • Named USS Plumas County (LST-1083), 1 July 1955
  • Decommissioned, 22 August 1961, at Sasebo, Japan
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, at Sasebo
  • Placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Plumas County (T-LST-1083) in December 1965
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1972
  • USS LST-1083 earned one battle star for World War II service and three battle stars for the Korean War service
  • Final Disposition, sold by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for scrapping, 1 May 1973
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
    sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
    landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
    Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
    Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
    12 single 20MM gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,300 Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    LST-1083 164k USS LST-1083 beached on a ramp in 1945 probably in Japan during Occupation service. Steve Franklin
    LST-1083 201k
    LSM-2 139k USS LSM-2 and LCT-1057 secured to the starboard side of USS LST-1083 as they are moved in a floating drydock, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Plumas County 73k USS Plumas County (LST-1083) underway off Long Beach, CA, 1958.
    US Navy photo, now in the USNI collection
    LTjg. Archie M. Mustard, USNR Ret.

    USS LST-1083 / USS Plumas County (LST-1083)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Jeffries, DeWilton B., USNR12 February 1945 - 16 October 1945
    02LTjg. Holmes, Roland W., USNR16 October 1945 -2 December 1945
    03LTjg. Campbell, Robert Francis, USNR2 December 1945 - 25 March 1946
    04LT. Ray, James McCoy, USN25 March 1946 - 5 June 1946
    05ENS. Coll, Charles L., USNR5 June 1946 - 1 August 1946
     Decommissioned1 August 1946 - 8 September 1950
    06LT. May, James H., USNR1952
    07LT. Davidson, Charles HomerOctober 1959 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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