LST-1042 was laid down on 10 December 1944 at Pittsburgh, Pa., by the Dravo Corp.; launched on 20 January 1945; sponsored by Mrs. A. M, Shields; and commissioned on 22 February 1945, Lt. Patrick Connolly, USNR, in command.
During World War II, LST-1042 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in June 1945. Following the war, LST-1042 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until early May 1946. The ship was decommissioned on 9 May 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 19 June that same year.
LST-1042 earned one battle star for World War II service.