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LST-639

 

LST-639 was laid down on 26 May 1944 at Seneca, III., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 28 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Isabel C. Chris-tofferson; and commissioned on 14 September 1944.

 

During World War II, LST-639 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:

 

Palawan Island landings—March 1945

Visayan Island landings—March 1945

Balikpapan operation—June and July 1945

 

Following the war, LST-639 performed occupation duty in the Par East and saw service in China until mid-May 1946. She was decommissioned on 1 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 16 September 1947. On 5 December 1947, the ship was sold to Bosey, Philippines.

 

LST-639 earned two battle stars for World War II service.