1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 10, 2021 8:38 AM by Jason Atkinson Branched from an earlier discussion.

    Seeking records of SS Francisco Morazan

    Robert Burns Newbie

      My father, Robert J. Burns, was the Purser/Pharmacist Mate on the SS Francisco Morazan in Leyte Gulf during WWII.

        • Re: Seeking records of SS Francisco Morazan
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Burns,


          Thank you for posting your request on the History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Armed Guard Files the Recor ds of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) that includes the file unit Francisco Morazan 02/01/44 - 08/80/46 Participated in action in the Philippines. It describes the voyage from San Francisco to Mindoro to Hollandia, including the action on December 28, 1944 with a typed version of the log. In Enclosure B of the report, there is a listing of the Armed Guard sailors assigned to the ship as well as the ship’s Communication Liaison personnel during the action. Additionally, we located Armed Guard Logs, 1943 - 1945  in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) which include logs for the Francisco Morazan in Container 287. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at Archives2reference@nara.gov.


          We also located Secret Logs for United States Merchant Vessels, 1942 - 1946 in the Records of Naval Districts and Shore Establishments (Record Group 181) which includes logs for the Francisco Morazan. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at New York (RE-NY) at newyork.archives@nara.gov.


          The Merchant Marine Personnel and Licensing Records dated before 1968 in the Records of the U.S. Coast Guard (Record Group 26) are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). Please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.govInclude the name, date of birth, dates of service, "Z" number, and date of death, if known, in your email. If you do not know all these things, you may omit some, however the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file.


          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, RE-NY, and RL-SL. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          Finally, we searched online and found two mentions of the SS Francisco Morazan, the first of which also lists your father.



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