2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 24, 2021 12:33 PM by Marcus Bacher

    Seeking information about the USS Jonas Ingram during the 1970s

    Jeff Montanez Newbie

      I'm looking for information on my brother's ship during 1974. My brother, Lawrence Montanez, was on the

      Lawrence Montanez DD214USS JONAS INGRAM. I was interested in where that ship sailed and what it's mission/assignment was.

      Thank you, Jeff Montanez

        • Re: Seeking information about the USS Jonas Ingram during the 1970s
          Alex Daverede Scout



          Unfortunately there is not a lot of info about the activities of USS Jonas Ingram (DD-938) for the year 1974.  Commissioned as a Forrest Sherman class destroyer in 1957, the ship went into the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in 1969 to be upgraded from a straight gun destroyer to an antisubmarine escort armed with ASROC ASW missiles and a new sonar.  In that guise, the Jonas Ingram would act as an escort for carrier task forces or as part of an amphibious task force providing fire support with her 5-inch Mark 42 gun mounts.


          According to the website hullnumber.com, the ship rescued the crew of an Indian merchant ship off the coast of Somalia in June 1973, so she was on a Mediterranean deployment during that time (Atlantic Fleet ships deploying to the Med sometimes headed into the western Indian Ocean on various port visits).  When she came back from the Med she was destined for a shipyard period during the second half of 1974.  That yard period could have been at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard or at any of the number of privately-owned shipyards in the Norfolk are, such as Metro Marine.  Prior to the yard period, the ship’s crew would have been getting the ship ready for it—usually dirty, repetitive tasks that no one enjoyed.  Other than that the ship would not have had much underway time unless there was a local tasking for a couple of days in the Virginia Capes Operating Area.


          I hope you find this information useful in your research.


          A. J.

          • Re: Seeking information about the USS Jonas Ingram during the 1970s
            Marcus Bacher Adventurer

            Dear Mr. Montanez,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and 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 Jonas Ingram (DD-938) for 1974. For more information about the non-digitized deck logs, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


            Additionally, we located the Personnel Diaries and Muster Rolls, 1/1/1972 - 1/31/1983 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that includes microfilm copies of the muster rolls of the USS Jonas Ingram (DD-938) for 1974. 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 RDT2. Please note that the Muster rolls/Personnel Diaries for 1972-1983 utilize social security numbers as service numbers and are subject to privacy restrictions.


            If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of your brother’s Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and medical records of enlisted men and officers of the U.S. Navy who were separated from the service after 1958 and before January 31, 1994 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. To request these records, please mail a completed GSA Standard Form 180 to NPRC. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. Certain information in the records is not available to the general public without the written consent of the veteran or his next of kin. For more information see Request Military Service Records.


            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. Also, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter, and those involving the VA Home Loan program. If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. Please refrain from submitting non-emergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections, or records research until NPRC returns to pre-COVID staffing levels.  Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


            For any additional information about the USS Jonas Ingram please review the ship history on the Naval History & Heritage Command website.


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