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LST-70

 

LST-70 was laid down on 13 November 1942 at Jeffer-sonville, Ind., by the Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co.; launched on 8 February 1943; sponsored by Mrs. George R. Bickel; and commissioned on 28 May 1943.

 

During World War II, LST-70 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operation:

 

Treasury-Bougainville operation:

(a) Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina—November 1943

Bismarck Archipelago operation:

(a) Green Islands landing—February 1944

Marianas operation:

(a) Capture and occupation of Guam—July 1944

Iwo Jima operation:

(a) Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima—February 1945

Okinawa Gunto operation:

(a) Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto—April and May 1945

 

Following the war, LST-70 performed occupation duty in the Far East in October and November 1945. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 1 April 1946. She was struck from the Navy list on 1 May 1946 and was sold to the Arctic Circle Exploration, Inc., of Seattle, Wash., on 1 July 1946, for scrapping.

 

LST-70 earned five battle stars for World War II service.