Thank you so much!!
Dear Ms. Freedman,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports of officers of the U.S. Navy who were separated from service after 1902 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. 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.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Deck Logs, 7/9/1949 - 12/31/1981 in the Records of Naval Operating Forces (Record Group 313) that include deck logs of vessels of the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) after 1948. The MSTS records include deck logs for the USNS Geiger (T-AP-197), USNS General Harry Taylor (T-AP-145), and the USNS General Maurice Rose (T-AP-126). The logbooks chronicle the daily operations of vessels both at sea and in port, although the level of content and detail may vary widely. We also located the Muster Rolls and Personnel Diaries of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, 1/1/1949 - 12/31/1971 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that may include the muster rolls of the USNS Geiger (T-AP-197), USNS General Harry Taylor (T-AP-145), and the USNS General Maurice Rose (T-AP-126). For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Brief histories of the Geiger (T-AP-197), General Maurice Rose, and General Harry Taylor are available in the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships from the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC). We also located photographs of the USNS General Maurice Rose and the USNS Geiger on the NHHC website.
Finally, while we can not be certain that this is a vessel your father served on while visiting Newfoundland, we located references to the USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87) operating out of New York City and being used to resupply US Air Force Distant Early Warning Line (DEW Line) facilities in Newfoundland to include making supply runs to Argentia, Newfoundland. Please see the following sources:
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
Thank you so much! I was still not able to get the online records request to work, so I have a 180 filled out awaiting my dad's signature.