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LST-40 was laid down on 3 June 1943 at Pittsburgh, Pa., by the Dravo Corp.; launched on 7 August 1943; sponsored by Miss Hilda Sambolt; and commissioned on 15 September 1943.

During World War II, LST-40 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:

Consolidation of the Solomon Islands:

(a) Consolidation of southern Solomons-June 1943

Marianas operation:

(a) Capture and occupation of Saipan-June and August 1944

Tinian capture and occupation-July 1944

Okinawa Gunto operation:

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

Following the war, LST-40 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-February 1946. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 18 February 1946. In February 1947, she was transferred to the United States Military Government, Korea, as a sale, and was struck from the Navy list on 5 March that same year.

LST-40 earned four battle stars for World War II service.