LST-649 was laid down on 19 July 1944 at Seneca, III., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 6 October 1944; sponsored by Miss Dorothy E. Otten; and commissioned on 26 October 1944.
During World War II, LST-649 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto from March to June 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East until early March 1946. On 31 March 1952, the ship was transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service where she operated as USNS LST-649 until struck from the Navy list.
LST-649 earned one battle star for World War II service.