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USS LSM-544


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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



USS LSM-544 was transferred to Venezuela and named Friars
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned USS LSM-544, 4 January 1946, LTjg. John T. McCrea USNR in command
  • Decommissioned, 20 June 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, 2 December 1959, to Venezuela and named Friars
  • Seriously damaged by fire, 21 June 1984
  • Final Disposition, decommissioned by Venezuelan Navy, and scrapped in 1984
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    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
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    Troop Accommodations
    2 officers
    46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
    Propulsion
    two General Motors (model GM 16-278A, reversible with hydraulic clutch) Diesel engines, direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers, 2,800shp

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    LSM-558 90k 19 LSMs at Green Cove Springs, FL., date unknown. Ships present and identifiable are:
    Front Row-USS LSM-558, USS LSM-539, USS LSM-543 and USS LSM-544
    Second Row-?, USS LSM-413, USS LSM-542 and USS LSM-540
    Third Row- ?, ?, USS LSM-555 and ?.
    Al Edwards LSM-343 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    the history extract for USS LSM-544 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. McCrea, John T., USNR4 January 1946 - ?

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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