LST-53 was laid down on 24 September 1943 at Pittsburgh, Pa., by the Dravo Corp.; launched on 6 November 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Nicholas Spanard; and commissioned on 21 December 1943, Ens. Michael Stapleton in command.
During World War II, LST-53 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the following operations:
Invasion of Normandy—June 1944
Invasion of southern France—August and September 1944
She was then assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and supported the occupation of Okinawa during May and June 1945.
Immediately following the war, she was assigned to occupation duty in the Far East from September 1945 to January 1946. In September 1954, she was redesig-nated APL-59. She was transferred to the Republic of Korea in May 1955 and served that government as Chang Su (LST-811).
LST-53 earned three battle stars for World War II service.