1 Reply Latest reply on May 14, 2020 12:47 PM by Joshua Schroeder

    Seeking muster roll of SS Edward M House


      We have a color photo of the SS Edward M. House (WWII) with the ship's name and my Dad's name and rank on the photo. The ship was hit by a torpedo but survived and was repaired. We are looking for names of US Navy servicemen who may have served on the ship at that time.  My Dad was on another ship that was hit and sunk - my Dad was rescued at sea along with others. We are trying to find the name of the ship that sank.  We are hoping someone will connect with serving on both ships.

        • Re: Seeking muster roll of SS Edward M House

          Dear Ms. DeHaan,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located two series titled Armed Guard Log, 1943-1945 that include logs of the SS Edward M. House for 3 November 1943 to 24 November 1945 (Box 232); and World War II Casualty Reports, 1939-1945 (RG 24) that contains a file unit for the S.S. Edward M. House. Both series are part of the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24 ). We also located the Armed Guard Files, 1934-1946 in the  Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) that includes the file unit titled Edward M. House* 11/12/43 - 09/02/46 Torpedoed and repaired. These records also may include crew lists. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          The National Archives at Atlanta (RE-AT) and New York have logbooks that may contain muster rolls that cover the date of the attack on the SS Edward M. House (June 29, 1944). The logbooks held in Atlanta cover the dates, January 10, 1943 thru January 1, 1959. In the catalog, we have located one series titled Official Merchant Vessel Logbooks, 1942-1974 (Record Group 26) which contains logbooks for merchant vessels who docked in Jacksonville, Florida and includes one box (Box 12) that may contain logs for the Edward M. House. For information about the logbooks you are seeking, you should contact RE-AT via email at atlanta.archives@nara.gov.


          The logbooks held in the National Archives at New York (RE-NY) have several logbook records that begin on January 11, 1944 and March 21, 1944. In the catalog, we have located one series titled Secret Logs for United States Merchant Vessels, 1942-1945 (Record Group 181) with one file unit for the Edward M. House. We have also located one series titled Official Logbooks of Merchant Vessels, 1942-1989 (Record Group 26) contains logbooks for merchant vessels that docked in New York. For further information please contact RE-NY via email at newyork.archives@nara.gov.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2, RE-AT, and RE-NY. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          In addition, you may wish to review the unofficial website, uboat.net, which contains U-Boat attack information about WWII Allied ships such as the SS Edward M. House.


          We hope this is helpful! Best of luck with your research!