LST-26 was laid down on 16 November 1942 at Pittsburgh, Pa., by the Dravo Corp.; launched on 31 March 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Mathilda B. Coulter; and commissioned on 7 June 1943.
During World War II, LST-26 served in the Asiatic-Pacific theater and took part in the following operations :
Bismarck Archipelago operation:
(a) Cape Gloucester, New Britain—December 1943 and January 1944
Hollandia operation—April and May 1944 Western New Guinea operations:
(a) Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation—May 1944
(b) Biak Island operation—May and June 1944
(c) Noemfoor Island operation—July 1944
(d) Cape Sansapor operation—July and August 1944
(e).Mprotai landings—September 1944
Leyte landings—October and November 1944 Consolidation of the southern Philippines:
(a) Mindanao Island landings—March 1945
She saw service in China from 3 to 10 October 1945.
Following the war, LST-26 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early November 1945. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 1 April 1946. She was struck from the Navy list on 8 May 1946 and was sold to Arctic Circle Exploration, Seattle, Wash., on 17 June 1946 to be converted for merchant service.
LST-26 earned five battle star for World War II service.