Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Naval History Division Washington
LST-181 was laid down on 7 April 1943 at Jeffersonville, Ind., by the Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co.; launched on 3 July 1943; sponsored by Mrs. T.J. Eifler; and commissioned on 21 August 1943.
During World War II, LST-181 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:
Bismarck Archipelago operation:
Cape Gloucester, New Britain--February 1944
Admiralty Island landings--March 1944
Hollandia operation--April and May 1944
Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation--May 1944
Biak Island Operation--June 1944
Noemfoor Island operation--July 1944
Cape Sansapor operation--July and August 1944
Morotai landings--September 1944
Leyte landings--October and November 1944
Visayan Islands landings--March and April 1945
Balikpapan operation--June and July 1945
LST-181 was decommissioned on 4 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 12 April 1946. On 9 December 1946, she was sold to the Construction Power Machinery Co., of Brooklyn, N.Y.
LST-181 earned seven battle stars for World War II service.
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