LST-455 was laid down on 3 August 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 17 October 1942; and commissioned on 30 January 1943.
During World War II, LST-455 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the Lae operation in September 1943. She was redesignated ARL-41 and named Achilles on 21 August 1944. Following her redesignation, Achilles took part in the Leyte landings in October and November 1944 and the Brunei Bay landing in June 1945.
After the war, Achilles returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 19 July 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 28 August that same year. On 8 December 1947, she was transferred to the Nationalist Government of the Republic of China.
LST-455 earned one battle star for World War II service. Achilles (ARL-41) earned two battle stars for World War II service.