Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Naval History Division Washington
LST-552 was laid down on 19 January 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 14 March 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Robert A. Burns; and commissioned on 19 April 1944, Lt. R.E. Sandvigen in command.
During World War II, LST-552 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
Zambales-Subic Bay--January 1945
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto--April 1945
Following the war, LST-552 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-October 1945. Upon her return to the United States, the ship was decommissioned on 19 April 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 1 May that same year. On 3 November 1947, the tank landing ship was sold to Dulien Steel Products, Inc., of Seattle, Wash., and subsequently scrapped.
LST-552 earned four battle stars for World War II service.
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