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LST-784

 

LST-784 was laid down on 18 June 1944 at Pittsburgh, Pa., by the Dravo Corp.; launched on 29 July 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Michael Ruzic; and commissioned on 1 September 1944, Lt. Daniel H. Miner, USCG, in command.

 

During World War II, LST-784 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Iwo Jima in February and March 1945 and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April through June 1945.

 

Following the war, LST-784 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-September 1945. She was decommissioned in March 1946 and assigned to the Columbia River Group of the Pacific Reserve Fleet. On 1 July 1955, the ship was redesignated Garfield County (LST-784) (q.v.) after counties in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Utah, and Washington.

 

LST-784 earned two battle stars for World War II service.