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LST - 600 - 650

LST-601

LST-601 was laid down on 21 October 1943 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 4 March 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Celia Counter Finch; and commissioned on 25 March 1944, Lt. Ledbetter in command. During World War II, LST-601 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of southern France in August and September 1944. At the close of World War II, LST-601 remained in active service under Commander, Amphibious Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. LST- 601 was redesignated Clarke County (LST-601) on 1 July 1955 after counties in Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Mississippi, and Virginia. She was decommissioned on 23 November 1955. The ship was recommissioned on 28 July 1966. Clarke County performed service in the Vietnam theater during the period 1967 to 1970. LST-601 received one battle star for World War IT service, and six battle stars plus two awards of the Meritorious Unit Commendation for Vietnam service.

LST - 602

LST - 602 was laid down on 23 October 1943 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 9 March 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Adele R. Ziehm; and commissioned on 31 March 1944, Ens. John H. Mehus, USNR, in command. During World War IT, LST-602 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of southern France in August and September 1944. In 1946, she was decommissioned and, as a result of hostilities in Korea, the ship was recalled to active service in 1950 and performed service in the Korean theater. On 1 July 1955, she was redesignated Clearwater County (LST-602) after counties in Idaho and Minnesota. The tank landing ship was operated by the Air Force from September 1957 to September 1969 when she was transferred to the temporary custody of the Maritime Administration. She was struck from the Navy list on 1 May 1972 and sold to Mexico on 30 May 1972 where she served as Manzanillo (IA-02). LST-602 earned one battle star for World War IT service and two battle stars for Korean service.

LST - 603

LST - 603 was laid down on 5 November 1943 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 14 March 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Etla N. Hobart; and commissioned on 5 April 1944, Ens. William B. Sweet in command. During World War IT, LST-603 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of southern France in August and September 1944. Following the war, she performed duties with the Amphibious Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, including one deployment to the Mediterranean in 1950. The ship was decommissioned on 12 May 1955. On 1 July that same year, she was redesignated Coconino County (LST-603) after a county in Arizona. She was recommissioned on 8 June 1966 and operated in the Vietnam theater commencing in 1966 until she was transferred to the Republic of Vietnam Navy on 4 April 1969 where she served as Vung Tau (HQ-503). LST-603 received one battle star for World War IT service, and six battle stars and two awards of the Meritorious Unit Commendation for Vietnam service.

LST - 604

LST - 604 was redesignated AGP-11 and named Silenus (q.v.) on 18 December 1943.

LST - 605

LST - 605 was laid down on 30 September 1943 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 29 March 1944; sponsored by Mrs. IT. F. Stearns; and commissioned on 14 April 1944. During World War IT, LST-605 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Leyte landing-October 1944 Mindoro landing-December 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-May and June 1945 Following the war, LST-605 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-December 1945. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 24 May 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 3 July that same year. On 15 April 1948, the ship was sold to Kaiser Co., Inc., Vancouver, Wash., for scrapping. LST-605 earned three battle stars and one award of the Navy Unit Commendation for World War IT service.

LST-606

LST - 606 was laid down on 27 November 1943 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Co.; launched on 3 April 1944; sponsored by Mrs. George Milligan; and commissioned on 24 April 1944, Lt. William R. Brooks in command. During World War IT, LST-606 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands - September 1944 Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-April through June 1945 Following the war, LST-606 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-September 1945. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 13 May 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 19 June that same year. On 19 April 1948, the ship was sold to the Bethlehem Steel Co., of Bethlehem, Pa., for scrapping. LST-606 earned four battle stars for World War IT service.

LST-607

LST - 607 was laid down on 2 December 1943 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 7 April 1944; sponsored by Mrs. John Pirok; and commissioned on 24 April 1944. During World War IT, LST-607 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the capture and occupation of the southern Palau Islands from September to October 1944. Following the war, LST-607 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early January 1946. She was decommissioned on 11 January 1946 and transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service on 31 March 1952 where she served as USNS LST-607. USNS LST-607 was transferred to the Philippine Navy on 13 September 1976. LST-607 earned one battle star for World War IT service.

LST-608

LST - 608 was laid down on 4 December 1943 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 11 April 1944; sponsored by Mrs. W. S. Martin; and commissioned on 15 April 1944. During World War IT, LST-608 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-April 1945 Following the war, LST-608 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early January 1946. She was decommissioned on 1 January 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 7 February 1947. On 31 May 1947, the ship was sold to the government of South Korea. LST-608 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 609

LST - 609 was laid down on 10 December 1943 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 15 April 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Willard Maybauer; and commissioned on 15 May 1944. During World War II, LST-609 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Leyte landing-October 1944 Mindoro landings-December 1944 Zambales-Subic Bay-January 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-April 1945 Following the war, she was decommissioned on 4 January 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 21 January that same year. The ship was sold on 26 September 1947 to the Boston Metals Co., of Baltimore, Md., for scrapping. LST-609 earned four battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 610

LST - 610 was laid down on 16 December 1943 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 19 April 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Patrick J. O'Herron; and commissioned on 15 May 1944. During World War 11, LST-610 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 landing-October and November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Following the war, LST-610 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until mid-June 1946. She was decommissioned on 28 June 1946 and transferred to the military government of Okinawa on IS September that same year. The ship was struck from the Navy list on 23 December 1947. LST-610 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 611

LST - 611 was laid down on 17 December 1943 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 28 April 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Ray Hines; and commissioned on 15 May 1944, Lt. Roy E. Burton, Jr., USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-611 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Leyte landing-October 1944 Mindoro landing-December 1944 The ship operated with the Amphibious Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, following World War II and participated in the Inchon landings in September 1950 during the Korean War. On I July 1955, LST-611 was redesignated Crook County (LST-611) after counties in Oregon and Wyoming. On 26 October 1956, the ship was placed in service, in reserve, in caretaker status. LST-611 earned two battle stars for World War 11 service and three battle stars for Korean service.

LST - 612

LST - 612 was laid down on 18 December 1943 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 29 April 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Perry Arnold; and commissioned on 16 May 1944, Lt. John A. White in command. During World War II, LST-612 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Leyte landing-October 1944 Mindoro landing-December 1944 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-April and June 1945 Following the war, LST-612 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw China service until early May 1946. She was decommissioned on 1 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 3 July that same year. On 5 December 1947, the ship was sold to Bosey, Philippines. LST-612 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 613

LST - 618 was laid down on 21 January 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 2 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. W. D. Ford; and commissioned on 19 May 1944. During World War II, LST-613 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Morotai landing-September 1944 Leyte landing-November 1944 Mindoro landing-December 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Visayan Island landing-March 1945 Tarakan Island operation-April and May 1945 Following the war, LST-613 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early January 1946. She was decommissioned on 6 January 1946 and transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service on 31 March 1952 where she served as USNS LST-613 until struck from the Navy list. LST-618 earned five battle stars for World War II service.

LST-614

LST - 614 was laid down on 28 January 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 6 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Marjorie H. Elting; and commissioned on 22 May 1944, Lt. (jg.) P. S. Donovan, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-614 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Morotai landing-September 1944 Leyte landing-October 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Mindanao Island landing-April 1945 Following the war, LST-614 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until mid-January 1946. She was decommissioned on 20 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 29 October that same year. On 13 February 1948, the ship was sold to Bosey, Philippines. LST-614 earned four battle stars for World War 11 service.

LST-615

LST - 615 was laid down on 4 February 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 9 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Leo Marcoux; and commissioned on 26 May 1944. During World War II, LST-615 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the Leyte landing in October 1944 and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April 1945. Following the war, LST-615 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-November 1945. She was decommissioned on 14 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 12 April that same year. On 7 April 1948, the ship was sold to Kaiser Co., Inc., Vancouver, Wash., and subsequently scrapped. LST-615 earned two battle stars for World War II service.

LST-616

LST - 616 was laid down on 12 February 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 12 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Carrol McDaniel; and commissioned on 29 May 1944, Ens. Julian H. Rutherford, Jr., in command. During World War II, LST-616 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in March and April 1945. Following the war, the ship performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until early December 1945. She was decommissioned on 19 January 1946 and transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service on 31 March 1952 where she served as USNS LST-616. LST- 616 was struck from the Navy list on 1 May 1961 and transferred to the government of Indonesia. LST-616 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST - 617

LST - 617 was laid down on 17 February 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 15 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. E. B. Payne; and commissioned on 1 June 1944, Lt. Howard J. Benward in command. During World War II, LST-617 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Leyte landing-October 1944 Mindoro landing-December 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-March through June 1945 Following the war, LST-617 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-December 1945. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 24 May 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 3 July that same year. On 15 April 1948, the ship was sold to Kaiser Co., Inc., Vancouver, Wash., and subsequently scrapped. LST-617 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 618

LST - 618 was laid down on 23 February 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 19 May 1944; sponsored by Miss Anita Pierce; and commisioned on 3 June 1944. During World War II, LST-618 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Leyte landing-October and November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Mindanao Island landings-April 1945 Following the war, LST-618 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw China service until early July 1946. On 24 October 1946, she was transferred to United States Army custody and struck from the Navy list on 23 December 1947. LST-618 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 619

LST - 619 was laid down on 8 March 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 22 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Walter B. Colby; and commissioned on 5 June 1944. During World War II, LST-619 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Mindoro landings-December 1944 Palawan Island landings-March 1945 Visayan Island landings-March 1945 Following the war, LST-619 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-April 1946. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 19 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 31 October 1947. On 27 May 1948, the ship was sold to Consolidated Builders, Inc., Seattle, Wash., for scrapping. LST-619 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 620

LST - 620 was laid down on 11 March 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 30 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. V. A. Carpano; and commissioned on 17 June 1944. During World War II, LST-620 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in May and June 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until early May 1946. The ship was decommissioned on 7 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 19 June that same year. LST-620 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST-621

LST - 621 was I laid down on 15 March 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 2 June 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Josephine F. Madura; and commissioned on 21 June 1944, Lt. C. E. Watkins in command. During World War II, LST-621 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April and May 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East until late December 1945. The ship was decommissioned on 10 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 31 July that same year. On 30 March 1948, she was sold to the Kaiser Co., Inc., Seattle, Wash., for scrapping. LST-621 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST-622

LST - 622 was laid down on 15 March 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 8 June 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Ray Menefee; and commissioned on 26 June 1944. During World War II, LST-622 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the Lingayen Gulf landing in January 1945 and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto from March to June 1945. Following the war, LST- 622 was decommissioned on 14 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 12 April that same year. On 13 April 1948, the ship was sold to Kaiser Co., Inc., Seattle, Wash., for scrapping. LST-622 earned two battle stars for World War II service.

LST-623

LST - 623 was laid down on 17 March 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 12 June 1944; sponsored by Mrs. J. K. Esler; and commissioned on 29 June 1944. During World War II, LST-623 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Leyte landings-October through November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Palawan Island landings-March 1945 Following the war, LST-623 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until mid-February 1946. She was transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service on 31 March 1952 where she operated as USNS LST- 623. LST-623 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST-624

LST - 624 was laid down on 22 March 1944 at Seneca, III., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 16 June 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Agnes Reynolds; and commissioned on 3 July 1944, Lt. R. S. Salzer in command. During World War II, LST-624 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Manila Bay-Bicol operations-January 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-April 1945 Following the war, LST-624 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early February 1946. She was decommissioned on 14 February 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 7 February 1947. On I June 1947, the ship was sold to the government of South Korea. LST-624 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 625

LST - 625 was laid down on 30 March 1944 at Seneca' Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 20 June 1944; sponsored by Miss Margaret Jones; and commissioned on 10 July 1944, Lt. George F. B. Capozzi, USNR, in command. During World War 11, LST-625 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the Lingayen Gulf landing in January 1945 and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East until early February 1946. The ship was decommissioned on 11 February 1946 and transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service on 31 March 1952 where she served as USNS LST-625 until struck from the Navy list on 19 May 1954. LST-625 earned two battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 626

LST - 626 was laid down on 31 March 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 27 June 1944; sponsored by Miss Mary B. Ralston; and commissioned on 15 July 1944. During World War II, LST-626 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Leyte landings-November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Mindanao Island landings-March 1945 Tarakan Island operation-April and May 1945 Brunei Bay operation-June and July 1945 Following the war, LST-626 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until early March 1946. She was decommissioned on 2 March 1946 and transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service on 31 March 1952 where she served as USNS LST-626 until struck from the Navy list on 1 June 1972. On 25 May 1973, the ship was sold to the Dongkuk Steel Co. of America, Inc., Los Angeles, Calif., for scrapping. LST-626 earned four battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 627

LST - 627 was laid down on 8 April 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 1 July 1944; sponsored by Mrs. C. H. Mattern; and commissioned on 20 July 1944, Lt. S. R. Parker, in command. During World War II, LST-627 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the Lingayen Gulf landing in January 1945 and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until mid-May 1946. The ship was decommissioned on 6 June 1946 and sold to the government of the Netherlands East Indies on 15 June that same year. On 19 June 1946, LST-627 was struck from the Navy list. LST-627 earned two battle stars for World War II service.

LST-628

LST - 628 was laid down on 10 April 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 4 July 1944; sponsored by Mrs. P. G. Abernathy; and commissioned on 31 July 1944, Lt. Frank C. Siedenburg in command. During World War II, LST-628 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in May 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East until early March 1946. The ship was decommissioned on 3 April 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 3 July that same year. She was sold to the Ships & Power Equipment Corp., of Barber, N.J., on 9 December 1947 for scrapping. LST-628 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST-629

LST - 629 was laid down on 13 April 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 8 July 1944; sponsored by Mrs. R. B. Douglass; and commissioned on 28 July 1944. During World War II, LST-629 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Mindanao Island landings-April 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-June 1945 Following the war, LST-629 saw service in China until late December 1945. The ship was decommissioned on 4 March 1946 and transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service on 31 March 1952 where she served as USNS LST-629. LST-629 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST-630

LST - 630 was laid down on 14 April 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 13 July 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Walter Dunnett; and commissioned on 4 August 1944. During World War II, LST-630 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Mindoro landings-December 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Mindanao Island landings-March through April 1945 Following the war, LST-630 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until mid-February 1946. She was decommissioned on 13 February 1946 and transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service on 31 March 1952 where she served as USNS LST-630 until struck from the Navy list on 15 June 1973. On 19 November 1973, she was sold to B. V. Dimex, Nijmegen, Netherlands, for scrapping. LST-630 earned two battle stars for World War II service.

LST-631

LST - 631 was laid down on 19 April 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 18 July 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Theresa Colmone; and commissioned on 9 August 1944. During World War II, LST-631 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Zambales-Subic Bay-January 1945 Mindanao Island landings-March and April 1945 Following the war, LST-631 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-December 1945. She was decommissioned on 24 May 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 3 July that same year. On 15 April 1948, the ship was sold to Kaiser Co., Inc., Seattle, Wash., and subsequently scrapped. LST-631 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 632

LST - 632 was laid down on 26 April 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 21 July 1944; sponsored by Mrs. William H. Hallenback; and commissioned on 12 August 1944, Ens. G. W. Chandler, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-632 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Corregidor-Mariveles-February 1945 Mindanao Island landings-March through April 1945 Balikpapan operation-June and July 1945 Following the war, LST-632 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until mid-May 1946. She was decommissioned on 30 May 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 28 January 1947. The tank landing ship was destroyed as a target on 11 June 1948. LST-632 earned four battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 633

LST - 633 was laid down on 3 May 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 27 July 1944; sponsored by Miss Evelyn Martin; and commissioned on 17 August 1944. During World War II, LST-633 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto from April to June 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid- February 1946. The ship was decommissioned on 15 February 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 29 September 1947. On 23 June 1948, she was sold to Consolidated Builders, Inc., Seattle, Wash., and subsequently scrapped. LST-633 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST - 634

LST - 634 was laid down on 13 May 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on I August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. R. F. Hendren; and commissioned on 22 August 1944, Lt. T. Little in command. During World War II, LST-634 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Iwo Jima in February and March 1945. Following the war she performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until early June 1946. The ship was decommissioned on 8 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 19 July that same year. On 23 June 1948, she was transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal. LST-634 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST - 635

LST - 635 was laid down on 17 May 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 7 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Isabelle Wurst; and commissioned on 26 August 1944, Lt. D. J. Lanphere in command. Following World War II, LST-635 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until early June 1946. She was decommissioned on 7 June 1946 and transferred to the State Department for disposition on 19 July 1946.

LST-636

LST - 636 was laid down on 22 May 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 11 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Katherine R. Biehler; and commissioned on 31 August 1944, Lt. T. M. Hayes, Jr., USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-636 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the Lingayen Gulf landing in January 1945 and the Mindanao Island landings in March and April 1945. She performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until early May 1946 * The ship was decommissioned on 25 May 1946 and sold to Bosey, Philippines, on 5 December 1947. On 23 December 1947, she was struck from the Navy list. LST-636 earned two battle stars for World War II service.

LST-637

LST - 637 was laid down on 24 May 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 18 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Michaels; and commissioned on 5 September 1944, Lt. C. E. Helfrich, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-637 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Visayan Island landings-March through May 1945 Tarakan Island operation-April and May 1945 Following the war, LST-637 performed occupation duty in the Far East until late October 1945. She was decommissioned on 29 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 5 June that same year. On 18 December 1947, the ship was sold to the Ships & Power Equipment Corp., of Barber, N.J., and subsequently scrapped. LST-637 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST-638

LST - 638 was laid down on 25 May 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 23 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Marjorie T. Twyman; and commissioned on 8 September 1944. During World War II, LST-638 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the Palawan Island landings in March 1945 and the Visayan Island landings in April 1945. She performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until midMay 1946. The ship was decommissioned on 8 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 12 March 1948. She was destroyed as a target on 15 June 1948. LST-638 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST-639

LST - 639 was laid down on 26 May 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 28 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Isabel C. Christofferson; and commissioned on 14 September 1944. During World War II, LST-639 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Palawan Island landings-March 1945 Visayan Island landings-March 1945 Balikpapan operation-June and July 1945 Following the war, LST-639 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until mid-May 1946. She was decommissioned on 1 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 16 September 1947. On 5 December 1947, the ship was sold to Bosey, Philippines. LST-639 earned two battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 640

LST - 640 was laid down on 27 May 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 31 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Mary Frances Fox; and commissioned on 18 September 1944. During World War II, LST-640 served in the AsiaticPacific theater and took part in the following operations: Palawan Island landings-March 1945 Visayan Island landings-March and April 1945 Following the war, LST-640 performed service in China in March and April 1946. Upon her return to the United States, the ship was decommissioned on 30 April 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 19 July 1946. LST-640 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST - 641

LST - 641 was laid down on 1 June 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 4 September 1944; and commissioned on 22 September 1944. During World War II, LST-641 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Iwo Jima in February 1945 and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto from April through June 1945. She performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until mid-June 1946. The ship was decommissioned on 13 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 19 July that same year. LST-641 earned two battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 642

LST - 642 was laid down on 5 June 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 8 September 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Sylvia W. Nesbitt; and commissioned on 28 September 1944. During World War II, LST-642 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Iwo Jima in February and March 1945. She performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid- February 1947. The ship was decommissioned on 30 June 1947. LST-642 was abandoned at Barter Island, Alaska, on 10 February 1948 and struck from the Navy list on 19 February that same year. LST-642 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST - 643

LST - 643 was laid down on 10 June 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 12 September 1944; sponsored by Lt. Cornelia W. Mattert, USNR; and commissioned on 2 October 1944. During World War II, LST-643 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Iwo Jima in February 1945 and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April 1945. She performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-January 1946. LST-643 was transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service on 31 March 1952 where she operated as USNS LST-643 until struck from the Navy list on 15 June 1973. On 17 September 1973, the ship was sold to S. S. Zee, Taipei, Taiwan, for scrapping. LST-643 earned two battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 644

LST - 644 was redesignated ARL-14 and named Minos (q.v.) on 14 August 1944.

LST-645

LST - 645 was redesignated ARL-15 and named Minotaur (q.v.) on 14 August 1944.

LST-646

LST - 646 was laid down on 30 June 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 25 September 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Marie S. Pagoria; and commissioned on 13 October 1944. During World War II, LST-646 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Iwo Jima in February and March 1945. Following the war, LST-646 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early December 1945. She was decommissioned on 15 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 17 April that same year. On 11 May 1948, the ship was sold to J. Willis Smith & Bros. for scrapping. LST-646 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST-647

LST - 647 was laid down on 5 July 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 28 September 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Margaret H. Johnson; and commissioned on 19 October 1944. During World War II, LST-647 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto from March to June 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East. The ship was decommissioned on 2 February 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 23 December 1947. On 25 May 1948, she was sold to the Bethlehem Steel Co., of Bethlehem, Pa., for scrapping. LST-647 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST-648

LST - 648 was laid down on 7 July 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 3 October 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Edith V. Vosburgh; and commissioned on 21 October 1944. During World War II, LST-648 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Iwo Jima in February 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East until early February 1947. The ship was decommissioned on 14 February 1947 and struck from the Navy list on 25 February that same year and transferred to the United States Army. LST-648 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST-649

LST - 649 was laid down on 19 July 1944 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 6 October 1944; sponsored by Miss Dorothy E. Otten; and commissioned on 26 October 1944. During World War II, LST-649 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto from March to June 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East until early March 1946. On 31 March 1952, the ship was transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service where she operated as USNS LST-649 until struck from the Navy list. LST-649 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST-650

LST - 650 was redesignated ARL-18 and named Pandemus (q.v.) on 14 August 1944.

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