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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 Vicksburg (CL-86) for June 12, 1944-June 1947. 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 Vicksburg. These records have not been digitized and are not available online. For more information, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
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 war diaries and reports concerning the activities of the USS Vicksburg during World War II. These records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. Please note that the Catalog does not always list files in chronological order.
Photographs of various 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a search for photographs of specific ships.
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. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
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Next, we suggest this overview of the USS Vicksburg (CL-86) for more information.
Lastly, we suggest these unofficial websites: Cruiser Photo Index CL-86 USS VICKSBURG - Navsource - Photographic History of the US Navy; USS Vicksburg (CL-86); and USS Vicksburg (CL 86) of the US Navy - American Light cruiser of the Cleveland class - Allied Warships of WWII.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!