LST-472 was laid down on 31 October 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 7 December 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Frank C. Huntoon; and commissioned on 13 March 1943.
During World War II, LST-472 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:
Consolidation of southern Solomons—June 1943
New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation—July 1943
Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina—November and December 1943
Green Islands landings—February 1944
Hollandia operation—April 1944
Western New Guinea operations:
(a) Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operations—May 1944
(b) Biak Island operation—June 1944
(c) Noemfoor Island operation—July 1944
(d) Cape Sansapor operation—August 1944
(e) Morotai landings—September 1944
Mindoro landings—December 1944
LST-472 was sunk during action with the enemy off Mindoro Island, Philippines, on 21 December 1944 and struck from the Navy list on 19 January 1945.
LST—472 earned six battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service.