Dear Ms. Harrison,
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We were unable to locate records of a ship named the USS McDonnell, but we did locate one named the USS Edward McDonnell. 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 Edward McDonnell (DE-1043) for February 1965-May 1965, August 1965-April 1968, and June 1968-December 1969. The original 16mm microfilm has 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. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
We also located the Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1941 - 1983 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that include the deck logs of the USS Edwards McDonnell (DE-1043) for February 1965-May 1965, August 1965-April 1968, and June 1968-December 1969. These deck logs have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. Please note that the Catalog does not always list logs in chronological order.
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