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LST-202

 

LST-202 was laid down on 15 July 1942 at Seneca, 111., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 16 March 1943; sponsored by Mrs. P. I. Birchard; and commissioned on 9 April 1943.

 

During World War II, LST-202 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:

 

Bismarck-Archipelago operations:

(a) Cape Gloucester, New Britain—December1943, January and February 1944

(b) Admiralty Islands landings—February and March 1944

Eastern New Guinea operation:

(a) Saidor operations—January and February 1944

Hollandia operations—April and May 1944

Western New Guinea operations:

(a) Toem-Wakde-Sarmi operation—May 1944

(b) Noemfoor Island operation—July 1944

(c) Cape Sansapor operation—July and August 1944

(d).Mprotai landings—September 1944

Leyte landings—October and November 1944

 

Following the war, LST-202 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early November 1945. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 11 April 1946. She was struck from the Navy list on 28 August 1946 and was sold to the Bethlehem Steel Co., of Seattle, Wash., on 16 April 1948 for scrapping.

 

LST-202 earned five battle stars for World War II