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LST-20 was laid down on 5 October 1942 at Pittsburgh, Pa., by the Dravo Corp.; launched on 15 February 1943; sponsored by Miss Anne B. Sylvester; and commissioned on 14 May 1943.

During World War II, LST-20 served in the Asiatic-Pacific theater and took part in the following operations :

Gilbert Islands operation-November and December 1943

Leyte landings-October 1944

Lingayen landings on Luzon-January 1945

Okinawa Gunto operation:

(a) Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-April 1945

Following the war, LST-20 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early November 1945. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 3 April 1946. She was struck from the Navy list on 19 June 1946 and was transferred to the Maritime Administration on 8 October 1947 for disposal by scrapping.

LST-20 earned four battle stars for World War II