1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 22, 2021 9:00 AM by Lisha Penn

    Dean Boone was deployed on a ship at Long Beach, CA on Nov 13th, 1956.  What ship was he on?

    Carol Tirrell Newbie

      Dean Boone, born May 10, 1934 was deployed on a ship from Long Beach, CA on Nov 13th, 1956.  Can anyone tell me which ship that would be?  He also had a twin brother, Duane, who was deployed the same day on a different ship.  Any other information about the ship's mission would be interesting.  Thank you!!

        • Re: Dean Boone was deployed on a ship at Long Beach, CA on Nov 13th, 1956.  What ship was he on?
          Lisha Penn Pioneer

          Dear Ms. Tirrell,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          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 Leonard Mason (DD-852) for November 1956. For more information about the non-digitized deck logs, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

           

          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 include the muster rolls of the USS Leonard Mason (DD-852) for November 13, 1956. 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 non-digitized records, please contact RDT2.

           

          We suggest that you request a copy of the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) for Duane L. Boone. 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.

           

          We suggest that you request a copy of the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) for Dean L. Boone that will include his Army military unit information, not Navy. OMPFs and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Army after 1958 and before October 16, 1992 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. Certain information in the records is not available to the general public without the written consent of the veteran or his next of kin. For more information see Request Military Service Records. If he served in the Navy prior to joining the Army, his naval service may be included in the same OMPF.

           

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          For any additional information about the USS Leonard Mason, please review the ship history on the Naval History & Heritage Command website.

           

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