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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, circa June1945 at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
Launched in 1945
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"
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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||USS LSM-545 underway in Chesapeake Bay, with two unidentified LCIs, circa January-May 1946.
||Raymond G Gillis USS LSM-539
| ARBV Los Testigos (T-16)
||Ex-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 DANFS history extract for LSM-545 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
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