Fresno (LST-1182) was named for a city and county in California. She was laid down on 16 December 1967 at San Diego, Calif., by the National Steel & Shipbuilding Corp.; launched on 28 September 1968; sponsored by Mrs. Marilyn Hyde; and commissioned on 22 November 1969, Comdr. Stanislaus J. Sowinski in command.
Assigned to the Amphibious Force, Pacific Fleet, and homeported at San Diego, Calif., Fresno has alternated amphibious training operations along the west coast of the United States with regular, extended deployments to the western Pacific. She continues this regimen into 1980. Fresno saw extensive service during the latter stages of the Vietnam War.
Fresno earned two engagement stars for Vietnam service.