From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships
A park in Pierce County, Tacoma, Wash., the site of a military
reservation established by the U.S. Government in 1866.
Originally Hilton Head but renamed Point Defiance 30
December 1944, LSD-24 was laid down 28 May 1945 by Gulf Shipbuilding
Corp., Chickasaw, Ala. After Japan capitulated the Navy canceled the
contract for her construction 17 August 1945, but she was launched under
private auspices 21 October 1945.