LST-45 was laid down on 27 June 1943 at Pittsburgh, Pa., by the Dravo Corp.; launched on 31 August 1943; sponsored by Miss Lois C. Donnelly; and commissioned on 15 October 1943.
During World War II, LST-45 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and took part in the following operations:
Marshall Islands operation:
(a) Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls—January and February 1944
(a) Capture and occupation of Saipan—June through August 1944
(b) Tinian capture and occupation—July and August 1944
Okinawa assault—March through June 1945
Following the war, LST-45 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until late October 1945. Upon her return to the United States, the ship was decommissioned on 30 November 1948 and struck from the Navy list on 22 December that same year. On 25 February 1949, she was sold to the Foss Launch & Tug Co., of Seattle, Wash.
LST-45 earned four battle stars for World War II