1 Reply Latest reply on May 3, 2021 6:09 PM by Leo Belleville

    Seeking crew list of USS John D Ford

    Elizabeth Shaw Newbie

      I'm looking for a sailor named Walter Smith who was a crew member of the USS John D Ford on May 24, 1944.

        • Re: Seeking crew list of USS John D Ford
          Leo Belleville Wayfarer


          Ms. Shaw,

          Thank you for posting your request on the History Hub!

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Muster Rolls and Personnel Diaries of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, 1/1/1949 - 12/31/1971 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that include the muster rolls of the USS John D. Ford (DD-228) for 1/1/1939-11/2/1946. The original 16mm microfilm had been digitized and the images are available via the Catalog. A number of images may be illegible due to the poor quality of the original microfilm that was transferred to NARA by the Department of the Navy.  The original paper records were destroyed by the Navy after filming.

          Please note that muster rolls for this time period only listed enlisted sailors. Officer rosters were usually attached to the deck logs. We also located the Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1941 - 1983 in Record Group 24 that include the deck logs of the USS John D. Ford (DD-228) for January 1941 through 2 November 1945. These logs have not been digitized and are not available online. For more information, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

          The muster rolls are also available on Ancestry at U.S., World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949, and on Fold3 at WWII Navy Muster Rolls. The muster rolls may be searched by the name of the sailor or browsed by ship name and dates.  Please note that accessing the muster rolls through these websites requires a paid subscription.  You may be able to use a public library to gain free access.. Muster rolls are lists of enlisted personnel.  Deck logs are records of events on a ship.  Deck logs from World War II usually have officer rosters attached to them. If a person is listed on a muster roll, that means he was enlisted, and therefore would not be recorded in the rosters attached to the deck log.  However, if you are trying to get a complete list of crew members at any given time, you would need both the muster rolls and the officer rosters.

          Thank you for using History Hub and good luck with your research!