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LST-555

 

LST-555 was laid down on 5 February 1944 at Evans-ville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 22 March 1944; sponsored by Mrs. R. E. Sharp; and commissioned on 28 April 1944.

 

During World War II, LST-555 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:

 

Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands—September and October 1944

Leyte landings—October and November 1944

Zambales-Subic Bay—January 1945

Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto—April through June 1945

 

The ship was badly damaged as a result of grounding off Wakayama, Japan, on 18 September 1945. Following the war, LST-555 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early January 1946. She was decommissioned on 6 January 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 21 January that same year. Her hulk was destroyed by gunfire on 26 January 1946.

 

LST-555 earned four battle stars for World War II service.