LST-638 was laid down on 25 May 1944 at Seneca, III., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 23 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Marjorie T. Twy-man; and commissioned on 8 September 1944.
During World War II, LST-638 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the Palawan Island landings in March 1945 and the Visayan Island landings in April 1945. She performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until mid-May 1946. The ship was decommissioned on 8 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 12 March 1948. She was destroyed as a target on 15 June 1948.
LST-638 earned one battle star for World War II service.