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Dear Ms. Stofko,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
On August 9, 2019, the National Archives and the Department of Veterans Affairs entered into an agreement to digitize the Vietnam-era US Navy Deck Logs. On 28 September 2020, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced the completion of the digitization declassified Vietnam era (1956-1978) deck logs. All of the digitized logs will be retained by both the National Archives and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Data contained in the digitized images is being used by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to assist Veterans in resolving claims filed with the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). We are working expeditiously to make the millions of resulting digital images available in the National Archives Catalog.
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 Beatty (DD-756) for March 1956 through December 1959. The logs for Beatty (DD-756) - November 1959 and Beatty (DD-756) - December 1959 are available online through the Catalog. For information about the remaining logs, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
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. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
If this information is needed for a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the VA also has digital copies of these deck logs that they should be able to access through their internal systems. Please contact your nearest VA office.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Dear Mr. Atkinson, I want to thank you so much for your help. I appreciate the time you took to address this for me. God Bless. My father is going to be so thrilled to see these.