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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

USS LSM-539 was transferred to Ecuador and renamed BAE Jambeli
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 10 May 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned USS LSM-539, 1 December 1945, LT. Eugene A. Wright, USNR in command
  • Decommissioned, 24 May 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred in January 1958, to Ecuador and renamed BAE Jambeli
  • Assigned various pennant numbers after 1963: TD01 then T31 and T51
  • Final Disposition, struck from the Ecuadorian Naval list in 1983, eventually scrapped
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t.(landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6"
    Beam 34' 6"
    Draft light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft, fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    Complement 5 officers, 54 enlisted
    Armament one single bow mounted 40mm gun, four single 20mm gun mounts
    Vehicle/Boat Capacity 5 medium or 3 heavy tanks, or 6 LVT's, or 9 DUKW's
    Troop Accommodations 2 officers, 46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Propulsion two General Motors (non-reversible with airflex clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm, twin screws
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)

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    USS LSM-539
    LSM-539 77k USS LSM-539 moored pierside at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA., date unknown. Raymond G Gillis USS LSM-539
    LSM-539 137k USS LSM-539 looking through the bow doors, date and location unknown. Raymond G Gillis USS LSM-539
    LSM-558 90k 19 LSMs at Green Cove Springs, FL., date unknown. Ships present and identifiable are:
    Front Row-USS LSM-558, LSM-539, USS LSM-543 and LSM-544
    Second Row-?, USS LSM-413, LSM-542 and USS LSM-540
    Third Row- ?, ?, USS LSM-555 and ?.
    Al Edwards LSM-343 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    BAE Jambeli
    LSM-539 77k Ex-USS LSM-539 at anchor while in Ecuadorian naval service as BAE Jambeli, date and location unknown.
    Official Ecuadorian Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1961-62 edition.
    Robert Hurst
    LSM-539 43k BAE Jambeli (T-31) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    Official Ecuadorian Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst

    The DANFS history extract for USS LSM-539 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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