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Plumas County

(LST-1083: dp. 3,960; l. 328-0-; b. 50-0-; dr. 11-2-; s. 12 k.; cpl. 119; a. 2 40mm.; cl. LST 511)

A county in California.

Plumas County (LST-1083) was laid down by the American Bridge Corp., Ambridge, Penn. 22 November 1944; launched 14 January 1945; and commissioned as LST-1083 at New Orleans, La. 13 February 1945, Lt. Ronald W. Homes in command.

After shakedown LST-1083 departed 22 March for the Panama Canal and Guam, where she picked up troops and supplies and transported them to Saipan and Okinawa. On V-J Day she was back at Guam, and loaded troops of the 4th Marines for Tokyo Bay. After participation in the initial occupation of the Japanese homeland, LST-1083 transported passengers from Guam to San Francisco, arriving 12 January 1946. In August she was placed out of commission, in reserve, berthed at Astoria, Oreg.

LST-1083 recommissioned 8 September 1950, and after shakedown departed for Korea 19 December 1950 to shuttle troops and supplies from Japan to Inchon. After a period on the west coast, LST-1083 returned to Korea 22 March 1952 to resupply islands off the northwestern Korean Coast and pick up Prisoners of War. She returned to the United States in December, but departed again for Korea in September 1953 for further supply lifts, returning to San Diego in July 1954.

During the years following the Korean Conflict, LST-1083 alternated amphibious operations off the California coast with deployments to the western Pacific. Her name was changed to Plumas County 1 July 1955. She deployed to the western Pacific in 1956, 1958, 1959, and 1960 when she participated in joint amphibious exercises with Nationalist China and Korea. On 22 August 1961 she was placed out of commission, in reserve, at Sasebo, Japan. She was assigned to MSTS in December 1965, where she remains into 1970.

Plumas County received one battle star for World War II service and three battle stars for Korean War service.

Published: Fri Aug 21 09:45:48 EDT 2015