Deck Logs And Crew Rosters
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
901 M STREET SE -- WASHINGTON NAVY YARD
WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060
Crew Member Information
The Naval Historical Center does not have custody of crew lists or current
addresses for former crew members. However, this information can be compiled
from several sources. The names of the officers usually appear on the first
page of each month's deck log. The enlisted men assigned to a naval ship
or command are listed on muster rolls which were also submitted monthly.
The Textual Reference Branch, National Archives, Washington,
DC 20374 (202-501-5671) holds copies of the deck logs from 1801 through
December 1940 , as well as microfilm copies of the muster rolls through 1938.
The Textual Reference Branch, National Archives and Records Administration,
8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 has custody of the deck logs
from 1 January 1941 through 1961, as well as microfilm copies of the muster
rolls from 1939 through 1966. In some cases in the 1950's and 1960's, a
list of the officers is included with the muster rolls. The Textual Reference
Branch at College Park also has custody of the Bureau of Naval Personnel
Casualty Files, which have the official list of Navy casualties for each
World War II action. By using the list of officers in the deck logs and
the muster rolls, one can compile a list of the crew. Then by using the
crew list and the list of Casualties the names of the survivors of a World
War II ship or vessel can be created.
The deck logs from 1962 through 1978, and from 1990 to the present are
at the Washington National Records Center, but access to them is controlled
by the Deck Logs Section, Ships History Branch, Naval Historical
Center, 901 M Street SE, Washington, DC 20374-5060 (202-433-0824). From
1979 through 1989, the logs only exist on microfiche which is held by the
Deck Logs Section. For specific informationt contact the that office.
The muster rolls from 1967 to 1974 are in the custody of the Bureau
of Naval Personnel (Pers-0243). Washington, DC 20370. From 1975 to the
present, the muster rolls are held by the Enlisted Personnel Management
Center, Diary Control/Research Branch (Code 312), New Orleans, LA 70159.
Basic Reunion Information
Individuals have had success in locating former and retired military
personnel by placing advertisements or reunion notices in military oriented
periodicals such as those appearing on the attached list. These magazines
have a combined circulation of over one million and their readership includes
many former and retired military personnel. The editors of the magazines
should be contacted separately about placing advertisements.
For those that have access to a CD-ROM drive, PHONE-DISC, which costs
approximately $100, provides the names, addresses and phone numbers for
all people listed in the U.S. telephone books.
The Armed Forces World-Wide locators will forward letters to former
members of the Navy, receiving retirement pay for active duty or reserve
service. For this assistance, one should place their letter in a stamped
envelope with just the name of the retired serviceman on the front and with
no return address to: Navy Reserve Personnel Center, 4400 Dauphin
Street, New Orleans, LA 70149.
The United States Naval Institute in Annapolis, Maryland has
established a reunion hot line (410-295-1023) that is operated by Ann Hassinger.
The American Legion maintains a reunion service, VETS (900-737-8387).
For $1.95 per minute, operators are on call Monday through Friday from 1
pm to 9 pm Eastern Standard Time to provide information on scheduled reunions
registered with The American Legion magazine. The average call takes two
Military Reunion News Co-Op Mail, P.O. Box 55, Bulverde, TX 78163-0355
(210) 438-4177 can provide searches for individual reunions. They request
that you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope with all reunion search
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