USS ASHTABULA deck log was it within 12 NM of Vietnam between March 1973 and May 1975

We received tax free combat pay during this time meaning we were within the range of Vietnam for this benefit. We participated In Operations Eagle Pull, Frequent Wind and Mayaguez. Need deck logs to confirm this.

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    Thank you for posting on the History Hub! 

    This is in response to your inquiry to the National Archives related to the Navy Deck Logs of the USS Ashtabula (AO-51) for the dates of March 1973 - May 1975. Our U.S. Navy post-1970 Deck Log series is partially closed.

    The National Archives recently partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to digitize the Vietnam-era log books in support of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019. While the VA completed scanning the U.S. Navy Deck Logs, the National Archives continues to process images from the VA in batches. We are working expeditiously to make the millions of resulting digital images available in the National Archives Catalog.

    The February 1975 - April 1975 Deck Logs have been scanned and are available online. Enter the link: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/594258?q=594258 In the Details area, click on the “Search within this Series” button, which will open a new page. In “Advanced Search,” enter the name of the ship (no USS) and a year and click on the Search button. If the Deck Logs have been digitized, the document title will appear on the results page. Click on the digital image or the document title to see a larger view and save the image.

    The links should provide access to the available Deck Logs

    Ashtabula (AO-51)

    February

    2

    1975

    https://catalog.archives.gov/id/329265736

    Ashtabula (AO-51)

    March

    3

    1975

    https://catalog.archives.gov/id/329265808

    Ashtabula (AO-51)

    April

    4

    1975

    https://catalog.archives.gov/id/329265910

    The remaining Deck Logs requested have not yet been added to the catalog, as post-1970 Deck Logs may contain instances of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and need to be reviewed and redacted first. If you limit your request to one or two months, we will be pleased to review the requested month(s) in response to your request. However, you will have to email us directly at archives2reference@nara.gov for us to begin this process and email you the results.

    Please note: If you are requesting U.S Navy Deck Logs in relation to a VA Claim, the Department of Veterans Affairs may be able to provide the most direct assistance with information, as the VA maintains the original set of the U.S. Navy Deck Log digital images for the years 1956 through 1978.

    The ship’s Command History may help limit the dates of your research. For access to post WWII US Naval Ship Command Histories, please write to, Naval History & Heritage Command, 805 Kidder Breese Street, SE, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC 20374-5060 or email at archives@navy.mil

    The Deck Logs that are not available online are available in our College Park, MD reading room. If you would like to schedule a visit, please contact archives2reference@nara.gov to start the virtual consultation process. You could also hire a researcher to conduct research on your behalf. A list of independent researchers can be found on our webpage: https://www.archives.gov/research/hire-help

    We invite you to continue the conversation with community members on History Hub, but should you have follow up questions for our archivists, please email us at archives2reference@nara.gov so that we can assist you further. Please include the specific dates of your research when you contact us.

    We hope this assists you with your research! 

    Sincerely,

    Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR)

    RR2RR 24-47917-PC

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  •  

    Thank you for posting on the History Hub! 

    This is in response to your inquiry to the National Archives related to the Navy Deck Logs of the USS Ashtabula (AO-51) for the dates of March 1973 - May 1975. Our U.S. Navy post-1970 Deck Log series is partially closed.

    The National Archives recently partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to digitize the Vietnam-era log books in support of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019. While the VA completed scanning the U.S. Navy Deck Logs, the National Archives continues to process images from the VA in batches. We are working expeditiously to make the millions of resulting digital images available in the National Archives Catalog.

    The February 1975 - April 1975 Deck Logs have been scanned and are available online. Enter the link: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/594258?q=594258 In the Details area, click on the “Search within this Series” button, which will open a new page. In “Advanced Search,” enter the name of the ship (no USS) and a year and click on the Search button. If the Deck Logs have been digitized, the document title will appear on the results page. Click on the digital image or the document title to see a larger view and save the image.

    The links should provide access to the available Deck Logs

    Ashtabula (AO-51)

    February

    2

    1975

    https://catalog.archives.gov/id/329265736

    Ashtabula (AO-51)

    March

    3

    1975

    https://catalog.archives.gov/id/329265808

    Ashtabula (AO-51)

    April

    4

    1975

    https://catalog.archives.gov/id/329265910

    The remaining Deck Logs requested have not yet been added to the catalog, as post-1970 Deck Logs may contain instances of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and need to be reviewed and redacted first. If you limit your request to one or two months, we will be pleased to review the requested month(s) in response to your request. However, you will have to email us directly at archives2reference@nara.gov for us to begin this process and email you the results.

    Please note: If you are requesting U.S Navy Deck Logs in relation to a VA Claim, the Department of Veterans Affairs may be able to provide the most direct assistance with information, as the VA maintains the original set of the U.S. Navy Deck Log digital images for the years 1956 through 1978.

    The ship’s Command History may help limit the dates of your research. For access to post WWII US Naval Ship Command Histories, please write to, Naval History & Heritage Command, 805 Kidder Breese Street, SE, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC 20374-5060 or email at archives@navy.mil

    The Deck Logs that are not available online are available in our College Park, MD reading room. If you would like to schedule a visit, please contact archives2reference@nara.gov to start the virtual consultation process. You could also hire a researcher to conduct research on your behalf. A list of independent researchers can be found on our webpage: https://www.archives.gov/research/hire-help

    We invite you to continue the conversation with community members on History Hub, but should you have follow up questions for our archivists, please email us at archives2reference@nara.gov so that we can assist you further. Please include the specific dates of your research when you contact us.

    We hope this assists you with your research! 

    Sincerely,

    Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR)

    RR2RR 24-47917-PC

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