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LST-716

 

LST-716 was laid down on 16 June 1944 at Jeffersonville, Ind., by the Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co.; launched on 25 July 1944; sponsored by Miss Nancy L. Duggins- and commissioned on 18 August 1944, Lt. Richard H. Perry in command.

 

During World War II, LST-716 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:

 

Assault and occupation of  Iwo Jima—February 1945

Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto—May and June 1945

 

Following the war, LST-716 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until early June 1946. She was decommissioned on 12 June 1946. The ship was transferred to the Nationalist Government of the Republic of China under the terms of lend-lease on 7 February 1948. LST-716 was struck from the Navy list on 12 March 1948.

 

LST-716 earned two battle stars for World War II service.