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LST-557 was laid down on 8 February 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 11 April 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Edward J. Baechle; and commissioned on 5 May 1944.

During World War II, LST-557 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:

Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands-September and October 1944

Leyte landings-October and November 1944

Lingayen Gulf landings-January 1945

Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-April 1945

Following the war, LST-557 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until late May 1946. The ship was decommissioned and transferred to the Republic of China as lend-lease on 29 May 1946. She was struck from the Navy list on 12 March 1948.

LST-557 earned four battle stars for World War II service.