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USS Raritan (LSM-540)
USS LSM-540 (1945 - 1959)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 10 May 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Corp, Houston, TX.
Launched in August 1945
Commissioned USS LSM-540, 6 December 1945, LT. William Anselm Kearns in command
Decommissioned, 29 May 1946, at Green Cove Springs FL.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
Recommissioned, 4 November 1957
Named USS Raritan (LSM-540), 14 October 1959
Decommissioned, 1 December 1959, at Norfolk, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register 1 January 1960
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
Length 203' 6" o.a.
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 twin 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 Capacity 2 officers, 46 enlisted
Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
Propulsion two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic 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-540 underway off Hampton Roads, VA. date unknown.
Photo by Atlantic Fleet Sales Co. ©Warship Photo Graphs, Norfolk, VA.
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-540 and USS LSM-538 moored at Annex 2, Little Creek, VA. early-February 1946.
||Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D. LT. USN Ret. Commanding Officer USS LSM-538 January-May 1946
||19 LSMs at Green Cove Springs, FL., date unknown. Ships present and identifiable are:
USS LSM-543 and
USS LSM-542 and
Third Row- ?, ?,
USS LSM-555 and
|Al Edwards USS LSM-343 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
USS LSM 540 / USS Raritan (LSM-540)
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Last Updated 17 August 2012
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