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USAT Resolute
USNS Pembina (T-AK-200) (1951 - 1958)
USS Pembina (AK-200) (1945 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Oscar - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 23 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2154), at Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, WI.
  • Launched, 14 October 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 9 May 1945
  • Commissioned USS Pembina (AK-200), 25 May 1945, LT. James F. Moore, USNR, in command
  • USS Pembina (AK-200) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II
  • Following World War II USS Pembina (AK-200) was assigned to occupation service in the Far East from 25 October 1945 to 25 January 1946
  • Decommissioned, 26 January 1946, at Yokosuka, Japan
  • Acquired by the War Department, 26 January 1946, loaned to the Government of Japan, under control of Supreme Commanded Allied Forces Japan (SCAJAP)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission by the War Department at Olympia, WA., title transferred to the US Navy, 1 July 1950
  • Placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Pembina (T-AK-200), 1 April 1951
  • Placed out of service in temporary custody of the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 18 April 1957 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 March 1958, and permanent custody assigned to the Maritime Administration the same day
  • Transferred the custody of the US Army, 29 May 1968
  • Commissioned USAT Resolute, 19 June 1968
  • Returned to MARAD, 25 January 1979, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Merchant Service
    Sold by MARAD to Coast Line Associates LP, 10 October 1980
    Name changed to MV Kathleen Pearcy, 26 October 1989
    Name changed back to MV Pembina, 6 August 1992
    Sold in 1996 to Friend Ships, renamed MV Spirit of Grace
  • Final Disposition, possibly scrapped around 2002 at ESCO, Brownsville, TX.
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 21' 1"
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 70
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity non refrigerated 177,515 Cu ft., 3,945 DWT
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 6,300 Bbls
    one Nordberg TSM6 Diesel engine
    two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,700shp

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    USS Pembina (AK-200)
    56k Launching of Pembina (AK-200), 14 October 1944, at Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, WI. John Spivey
    Pembina 237k Pembina (AK-200) and other AKs moored at the west wall, Brandon Pool, Chicago, ILL., 27 February 1945, waiting transit to New Orleans for fitting out and commissioning. Across the Pool is Donald W. Wolf (APD-129) also in transit to New Orleans for commissioning.
    War Department, Engineers Office, Chicago ILL. photo # 523, from the collections of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Home of the SS Cobia.
    Larry Bohn
    Pembina 34k USS Pembina (AK-200) under way, date and location unknown. Michael S. McCall for his father Hannon L. McCall, BM2/c USN 1943-46 USS Pembina.
    Pembina 99k USS Pembina (AK-200) at anchor, 22 March 1955, date unknown and location.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. Unknown, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Merchant Service
    Pembina 94k Ex-USS Pembina (AK-200) as MV Kathleen Pearcy, docked at Alameda, CA, circa 1991. Vessel was renamed MV Pembina again in 1992, and in 1996 she was renamed MV Spirit of Grace. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Pembina 56k Ex-USS Pembina (AK-200) as the Friendships Unlimited MV Spirit of Grace moored at Brownsville, TX. awaiting scrapping
    Photo added to, 28 December 2008, Photo by Michael Martin

    USS Pembina (AK-200)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Moore, James Francis, USNR25 May 1945 - 26 January 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Pembina (AK-200) War Diary, July 1945 to December 1945

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