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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

USS LSM-545 was transferred to Venezuela and named ARBV Los Testigos (T-16)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, date unknown at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned USS LSM-545, 10 January 1946, LTjg. Edward J. Pepin 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, 21 January 1960, to Venezuela and named ARBV Los Testigos (T-16)
  • Decommissioned by the Venezuelan Navy, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1978/79
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    Beam 34' 6"
    light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft
    fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    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)
    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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    USS LSM-545
    LSM-545 38k USS LSM-545 under way in Chesapeake Bay, with two unidentified LCIs, circa January-May 1946. Raymond G Gillis USS LSM-539
    ARBV Los Testigos (T-16)
    LSM-545 187k Ex-USS LSM-545 in the Republic of Venezuela naval service as ARBV Los Testigos (T-16) underway, circa 1962, location unknown. Official Venezuelan Navy photo. Robert Hurst

    The history extract for USS LSM-545 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Pepin, Edward J., USNR10 January 1946 - ?

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