LST-735 was laid down on 30 January 1944 at Pittsburgh, Pa., by the Dravo Corp., Neville Island; launched on 11 March 1944; sponsored by Mrs. G. W. Fearnside; and commissioned on 26 April 1944, Lt. Theodore F. Aldous in command.
During World War II, LST-735 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:
Capture and occupation of Saipan—August 1944
Lingayen Gulf landing—January 1945
Zambales-Subic Bay—January 1945
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto—March through June 1945
LST-735 was decommissioned in March 1946 and reactivated on 3 November 1950 when she performed service during the Korean War and after with Commander Mine Forces, Pacific.
LST-735 earned four battle stars for World War II service and three for Korean service