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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
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)
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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
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
||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)
||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.
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).
|01||LTjg. Pepin, Edward J., USNR||10 January 1946 - ?|
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