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USS LSM-544 was transferred to Venezuela and named Friars
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 (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
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 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 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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||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-544 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
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Last Updated 10 September 2004
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