LST-608 was laid down on 4 December 1943 at Seneca, 111., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 11 April 1944; sponsored by Mrs. W. S. Martin; and commissioned on 15 April 1944.
During World War II, LST-608 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:
Leyte landings—October and November 1944
Lingayen Gulf landing—January 1945
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto—April 1945
Following the war, LST-608 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early January 1946. She was decommissioned on 1 January 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 7 February 1947. On 31 May 1947, the ship was sold to the government of South Korea.
LST-608 earned three battle stars for World War II service.