LST-78 was laid down on 9 February 1943 at Jeffersonville, Ind., by the Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co.; launched on 28 April 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Austin E. Overman; and commissioned on 8 July 1943.
During World War II, LST-78 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:
Gilbert Islands operation—November and December 1943
Marshall Islands operation:
(a) Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls—January and February 1944
(a) Capture and occupation of Guam—July 1944
Occupation of Okinawa—May and June 1945 LST-78 was decommissioned on 8 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 8 May 1946. On 13 April 1948, she was sold to the Kaiser Co., Inc., of Seattle, Wash., for scrapping.
LST-78 earned four battle stars for World War II service.