1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 20, 2021 11:18 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking Blue Crew deployment dates

    Andy Katafiasz Newbie

      What were the deployment dates for the Blue Crew of the USS Patrick Henry, SSBN-599 between January 1973 and July 1976?

        • Re: Seeking Blue Crew deployment dates
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Katafiasz,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Personnel Diaries and Muster Rolls, 1/1/1972 - 1/31/1983 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that may include the muster rolls of the USS Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) for 1973 through 1976. Because separate muster rolls were kept for Gold and Blue crews, these muster rolls indicate when each crew embarked and disembarked from the submarine. The original 16mm microfilm had been digitized and the images are available via the Catalog. A number of images may be illegible due to the poor quality of the original microfilm that was transferred to NARA by the Department of the Navy.  The original paper records were destroyed by the Navy after filming. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov. Please note that the Muster rolls/Personnel Diaries for 1972-1983 utilize social security numbers as service numbers and are subject to privacy restrictions.


          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.


          Command histories for submarines dated after WWII are in the custody of the Naval History & Heritage Command (NHHC), 805 Kidder Breese Street, SE, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC 20374-5060 or contact them via email at archives@navy.mil. These histories are annual reports and may indicate the dates that each crew was aboard.


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