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LST-38 was laid down on 14 April 1943 at Pittsburgh, Pa., by the Dravo Corp.; launched on 27 July 1943; sponsored by Miss Bertha Karpinski; and commissioned on 3 September 1943.

During World War II, LST-38 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:

Marshall Islands operation:

(a) Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls-January and February 1944

Bismarck Archipelago operation:

(a) Admiralty Islands landings-March and April 1944

Hollandia operation-April 1944 Marianas operation:

(a) Capture and occupation of Guam-July 1944

Following the war, LST-38 was redesignated LSTH-38 on 15 September 1945. She performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-November 1945.

Upon her return to the United States, the ship was decommissioned on 26 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 1 May 1946. On 5 December 1947, she was sold to the Ships and Power Equipment Co., of Barber, N.J., and subsequently scrapped.

LSTH-38 earned four battle stars for World War II service as LST-38.

Published: Thu Jul 30 10:12:59 EDT 2015