USS LST-994 was an LST-542-class tank landing ship
Tank landing ship
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 in the United States Navy
United States Navy
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. Like many of her class, she was not named and is properly referred to by her hull designation.

LST-994 was laid down on 12 March 1944 at the Boston Navy Yard
Boston Navy Yard
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; launched
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 on 17 April 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Lillian A. Finnerty; and commissioned
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 on 17 May 1944, Lt. R. P. Gonder, USNR, USNR, in command.

During World War II
World War II
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, LST-994 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of southern France in August and September 1944.

Made it, Ma! Top of the world!

Note: ranked 18 in the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes|American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema.

You know something, Verna, if I turn my back for long enough for Big Ed to put a hole in it, there'd be a hole in it.

Referring to his treacherous second in command.

Big Ed ... great big Ed. Y'know why they call 'im that? 'Cause his ideas are big. One day he's gonna get a really big one ... about me. And it'll be his last.

I told you to stay away from that radio. If that battery's dead, it'll have company.