1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 13, 2021 11:45 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking records of my grandfather playing baseball for the US Navy

    William Martin Newbie

      June 11, 1917- 27 Feb. 1919, Omar A. Dyer serves in the Navy as a submarine Quartermaster III Class. August 23, 1917, Omar Alfred Dyer is assigned to U. S. Training Camp at Mare Island, California. The USS Rainbow then entered the Mare Island Navy Yard to fit out for service as a tender to the 6th Division, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. This work was completed by 2 April 1918 when Rainbow departed Mare Island to tend submarines L-6 (SS-45) and L-7 (SS-46) at Yerba Buena Island, California City, and San Pedro, California. Omar A. Dyer is assigned to the USS Rainbow on February 4, 1918 serving till February 13, 1919. On 3 May 1918 she departed San Pedro for the eastern seaboard in company with L-6 and L-7. She arrived in Charleston with the L-boats 9 June 1918 and proceeded independently on the 21st for the Philadelphia Navy Yard, arriving 24 June 1918. Omar arrived at the Naval receiving ship at New York on February 20, 1919 for discharge by order of the Secretary of the Navy on February 27, 1919.


      My grandfather played baseball for the U.S. Navy during WWI. Does anyone have information on the Navy Baseball team?

        • Re: Seeking records of my grandfather playing baseball for the US Navy
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Martin,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Index to the General Files, 7/1897 - 8/1926 and the General Files, January 1897 - August 1926 in the General Records of the Department of the Navy (Record Group 80) that may contain records concerning Navy baseball teams. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at archives1reference@nara.gov.


          If you haven’t already done so, 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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          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!