1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 19, 2021 10:33 AM by Shannon Kerner

    Seeking Records of Robert Coover Taggart

    Christal Coufal Newbie

      Hello! I am seeking records about Merchant Marine Robert Coover Taggart, a cadet midshipman on the Cape Beal from 1944-1945. I am interested in anything you can find as he has since passed away and is unable to assist. We know he was honorably discharged after falling down a hatch on the Cape Beale and was knocked unconscious for too long. Thank you in advance for your assistance!

        • Re: Seeking Records of Robert Coover Taggart
          Shannon Kerner Adventurer

          Dear Ms. Coufal,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          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.


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


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