Typically, deck logs do not record personal awards. Awards are usually presented at all hands events, and deck logs don’t even mention such crew musters, much less any awards presented at them. Interestingly, deck logs can mention all the bad things that can happen to sailors ( injuries, courts-martial, captain’s masts, etc.), but never seem to mention the good things.
Personal awards are treated as personnel matters, so that’s where the paper trail lies. A copy of the award paperwork will be with the awardees personnel jacket. There would also be endorsements of the award package if the level of the award rose above the Commanding Officer’s authority—think Navy Commendation Medal versus Navy Achievement Medal. Perhaps the ship’s command history contains what you seek.
I hope you find this information useful.
Good luck with your research.
Dear Mr. Garner,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
As Mr. Daverede noted, deck logs rarely include information about individual awards. However, the logs are available online for your review should you wish to read them. 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 for Claud Jones (DE-1033) - July 1969; Claud Jones (DE-1033) - August 1969; and Claud Jones (DE-1033) - September 1969. These deck logs have been digitized and can be viewed online through the Catalog. When viewing logs for each month, you may wish to click on the red PDF icon under the “Documents” heading. This will allow you to view the entire month’s logs as a single file. Once you have done so, you may use the blue download button to download the PDF. Due to the size of the files involved, it may take a little while for them to load in full. Please be patient. If you have any problems accessing these files, please email Catalog@nara.gov.
To verify a personal or unit award earned during the Vietnam War, please contact the following office.
Navy and Marine Corps Awards Office –
Chief of Naval Operations DNS35
2000 Navy Pentagon
Washington, DC 20350-2000
(202) 685-1770, DSN 325-1770
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
[information provided by Nate Patch, subject matter expert]