1 Reply Latest reply on Mar 19, 2021 2:07 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking records of LST-951 on July 27, 1945

    Marsha Clark Newbie

      My uncle went MIA from the LST-951 on July 27, 1945 in Ie-Shima.  Listed as lost at sea and earned a purple heart.  What happened that day that would cause him to be lost at sea?  I understand from the muster roll on August 1, 1945, he is the only person MIA that day.  Looking for the history of the LST-951 and what action it saw in Ie-Shima in 1945.

        • Re: Seeking records of LST-951 on July 27, 1945
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Clark,

           

          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 LST-951 for July & August 1945. These records have not been digitized and are not available online. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

           

          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) that includes the file USS LST-951 - War Diary, 7/1-31/45, which has been digitized and can be viewed online through the Catalog. 

           

          Navy and Marine Corps casualty records from 1940-1989 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For information about these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.

           

          We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and medical records of enlisted men of the U.S. Navy who were separated from the service after 1885 and before 1959 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002.  To request these records, please mail a completed GSA Standard Form 180 to NPRC. If there is any information requested by the form that you do not know, you may omit it or provide estimates (such as for dates), but the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.

           

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