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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships, 1801 - 1940 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that include the deck logs of the USS John D. Edwards (DD-216) for April 1940 through December 1940. For more information, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next, we 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 John D. Edwards (DD-216) from January 1941 through May 1942. We also located World War II Action and Operational Reports in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) that may include reports submitted by the USS John D. Edwards. For more information, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
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We also located World War II War Diaries, Other Operational Records and Histories, ca. 1/1/1942 - ca. 6/1/1946 in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) which contains war diaries and reports concerning the USS John D. Edwards’ activities during World War II. These records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. Please note that the Catalog does not always list files in chronological order.
In addition, we searched the website of the Naval History and Heritage Command and located an article about John D. Edwards (Destroyer No. 216).
Finally, the unofficial website NavSource has a page on the USS John D. Edwards.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!