1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 18, 2021 10:42 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking deck logs of USS Caperton

    Jane Kelly Newbie

      Hi, Everyone! My Dad served on the USS Caperton from 1943 through 1946 as a 2nd class gunner's mate. I would like to get a copy of the ship's log for this period of time. Is there anyone who can help me? Thank you in advance.

        • Re: Seeking deck logs of USS Caperton
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Ms. Kelly,


          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 Caperton (DD-650) from July 30, 1943 through July 6, 1946. 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 Caperton. For more information, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          Photographs of various U.S. Navy activities dating from 1940 to 2007 are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@nara.gov to request a search for photographs of specific ships.


          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 and RDSS. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          In addition, we 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) that contains 44 file units of war diaries and reports concerning the USS Caperton activities during World War II. These records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog.  Please keep in mind 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 Caperton (DD-650).


          Finally, the unofficial website NavSource has a page on the USS Caperton.


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