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USS Gemini (AP-75)
USS Matinicus (AK-52) (1942)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Stratford Class Transport
  • Completed in 1919 as the lake-type freighter SS Coperas at Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Renamed, SS Aetna in 1937, and later renamed SS Saginaw
  • Acquired by the Navy, 27 September 1941
  • Renamed Matinicus and designated as Miscellaneous Unclassified (AG-38)
  • Reclassified Cargo Ship (AK-52), 7 January 1942, while undergoing conversion at Bethlehem Steel Company, Boston, MA.
  • Commissioned USS Matinicus (AK-52), 4 August 1942, LCDR. Woody L. Cain in command
  • Redesignated a Transport and renamed USS Gemini (AP-75), 15 August 1942
  • Decommissioned, 8 April 1946, at Oakland, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • Transferred, 30 June 1946, to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Purchased, 21 November 1947, by the Saganaw Deck & Terminal Co. for resale to Oly Fenno S.S. Co. Ltd., 2 December 1947, renamed SS Ramsdal, reflagged Finland
  • Resold in 1965 Finnish owners again, Tramppilaiva O/Y, Turku, Finland, renamed SS Transdal
  • Final Disposition, reported in Lloyds Register as "broken up" in 1968
    Displacement 3,555 t. (lim.)
    Length 261
    Beam 43' 6"
    Draft 15' 9" (lim.)
    Speed 8.5 kts.
    Officers 43
    Enlisted 328
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 30
    Enlisted 235
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    Cargo Capacity 35,000 Cu ft.
    two single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 2,770 Bbls
    one Manitowec vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    two Scotch boilers, 190psi, sat
    one turbo drive Westinghouse Ship's Service Generator, 60Kw 120V D.C.
    one Hercules emergency Diesel Ship's Service Generator, 40 KW 120 D.C.
    single propeller, 1,000shp

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    Gemini 173k USS Gemini (AP-75) moored pierside probably at Boston, MA., soon after completing her troopship conversion. Except for her high bridge and gun positions, her appearance and rig remain very similar to her original configuration as a small World War I-built Great Lakes cargo ship.
    A U.S. Army Signal Corps photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, courtesy
    Stan Svec and Robert Hurst
    Gemini 73k USS Gemini (AP-75) under way, off Boston Navy Yard, 21 October 1942.
    US National Archives photo # RG-19-LCM a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Stan Svec and Robert Hurst
    Gemini 79k USS Gemini (AP-75) under way, off Boston Navy Yard, 21 October 1942.
    US National Archives photo # RG-19-LCM Photo # 19-N-35410 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Gemini 235k USS Gemini (AP-75) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    74k USS Gemini (AP-75) under way near the US Naval Drydocks, Hunters Point, San Francisco, CA., 24 August 1945.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-90234 and
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. 19-N-90236, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Matinicus (AK-52) / USS Gemini (AP-75)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Cain, Woody L. 6 August 1942 - ?
    04LCDR. Ohlin, Stanley Nelson USN5 July 1945 - 8 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves. Photo courtesy Bill Gonyo

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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