LST-655 was laid down on 9 December 1943 at Ambridge, Pa., by the American Bridge Co.; launched on 6 February 1944; sponsored by Mrs. George T. Griffiths; and commissioned on 28 March 1944, Lt. Dudley D. Sumrall in command.
During World War II, LST-655 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of southern France in August and September 1944. She was then assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and took part in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in June 1945. LST-655 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until the spring of 1946. She was decommissioned on 31 May 1946 and transferred to the State Department for final disposition. LST-655 was struck from the Navy list on 3 July 1946.
LST-655 earned two battle stars for World War II service.