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LSM-542


USS LSM-542 was transferred to Venezuela

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


LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down (date unknown) at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston TX.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-542, 20 December 1945, LTjg. William A. Hunter, USNR in command
  • Decommissioned, 1 July 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, 15 July 1959, to Venezuela, for cannibalization
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 1959
    Specifications:
    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 AA 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 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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    LSM-558 90k 19 LSMs at Green Cove Springs, FL., date unknown. Ships present and identifiable are:
    Front Row-LSM-558, LSM-539, LSM-543 and LSM-544
    Second Row-?, LSM-413, LSM-542 and LSM-540
    Third Row- ?, ?, LSM-555 and ?.
    Al Edwards LSM-343 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-542 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
    Fleet Reserve Association

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