LST-789 was laid down on 1 June 1944 at Pittsburgh, Pa., by the Dravo Corp.; launched on 5 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Harry C. Story; and commissioned on 11 September 1944, Lt. H. M. Mulvey, USCGR, in command.
During World War II, LST-789 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Iwo Jima in February 1945 and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April 1945. Following the war, LST-789 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early November 1945. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 29 April 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 3 July that same year. The ship was sold to the California Co. on 11 December 1947 for operation.
LST-789 earned two battle stars for World War II service.