LST-493 was laid down on 9 August 1943 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 4 October 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Charles M. Hoagland; and commissioned on 13 December 1943.
During World War II, LST-493 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. She grounded while attempting to enter Plymouth Harbor, England, on 12 April 1945 and was broken up and destroyed. The ship was struck from the Navy list on 19 May 1945.
LST-493 earned one battle star for World War II service.