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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-548 was transferred to Venezuela and named ARV Los Monjes (T-13)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston TX.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned USS LSM-548, 2 February 1946, LTjg. Walter J. Aring USNR in command
  • Decommissioned, 31 July 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, 11 February 1959, to Venezuela and named ARV Los Monjes (T-13)
  • Decommissioned by Venezuelan Navy and struck from the Venezuelan Navy list, 1978/79
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 3 September 1979, off coast of Venezuela
    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-548
    LSM-548 52k USS LSM-548 under way off Houston, TX. Brown Shipbuilding completion photo, 6 February 1946. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-548 63k USS LSM-548 center and USS LSM-547 right, moored in a nest of three ships, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    ARV Los Monjes (T-13)
    LSM-548 48k Ex-USS LSM-548 in Venezuelan Naval Service as ARV Los Monjes (T-13) under way, circa 1970, location unknown.
    Official Venezuelan Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst

    The history extract for USS LSM-548 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Aring, Walter J., USNR2 February 1946 - ?

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