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LST-737 was laid down on 13 February 1944 at Pittsburgh, Pa., by the Dravo Corp., Neville Island; launched on 25 March 1944; sponsored by Mrs. C. E. Walker; and commissioned on 6 May 1944, Lt. W. B. Kirk, USNR, in command.

During World War II, LST-737 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

Ormoc Bay landings-December 1944

Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945

Zambales-Subic Bay-January 1945

Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-March through June 1945

Following the war, LST-737 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early November 1946. She was decommissioned and transferred to the United States Army on 2 November 1946. The ship was struck from the Navy list on 29 September 1947.

LST-737 earned five battle stars for World War II service.