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LST-68

 

LST-68 was laid down on 7 September 1942 at Jeffersonville, Ind., by the Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co.; launched on 8 March 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Edna C. Crenshaw; and commissioned on 4 June 1943.

 

During World War II, LST-68 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:

 

Bismarck Archipelago operation:

(a) Cape Gloucester, New Britain—December 1943; January and February 1944

(b) Admiralty Islands landings—March 1944

Eastern New Guinea operation:

(a) Saidor occupation—January and February 1944

Hollandia operation—April 1944

Western New Guinea operations:

(a) Biak Island operation—June 1944

(b) Noemfoor Island operation—July 1944

(c) Cape Sansapor operation—August 1944

(d) Morotai landings—September 1944

Leyte landings—October and November 1944

Lingayen landings on Luzon—January 1945

Consolidation of the southern Philippines:

(a) Visayan Islands landings—March 1945

 

LST-68 was decommissioned on 7 March 1946 and was struck from the Navy list on 5 June 1946. On 18 September 1947, she was sold to the Southern Shipwrecking Co., of New Orleans, La., for scrapping.

 

LST-68 earned seven battle stars for World War II service.