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    Seeking Navy records & pictures of Myron Ray

    Robert Ray Wayfarer

      I am seeking the crew roster of USS Crosby during 1943. My brother, Myron Joseph Ray, was on the USS Crosby when it departed San Francisco for Pearl Harbor, 27 Feb., 1943.  I am looking for any pictures or other information about my brother.  He was also on the USS Pickaway later, but I don't know what years.  He was in the Navy 26 years, 24 on ships, and his last 2 years were in San Diego.

        • Re: Seeking Navy records & pictures of Myron Ray
          Alex Champion Scout

          Dear Mr. Ray,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Muster Rolls of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, 1/1/1939 - 1/1/1949 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that may include the muster rolls of the USS Crosby and the USS Pickaway during WWII. Unfortunately, those for the Crosby or the Pickaway have not been digitized. For more information about the non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          We also 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 Crosby (DD-164/APD-17) for December 1941 to September 28, 1945 and the USS Pickaway (APA-222/LPA-222) for December 12, 1944 to December 1950. For more information about the non-digitized deck logs, please contact RDT2 via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          In addition, we located World War II War Diaries, Other Operational Records and Histories, ca. 1/1/1942 - ca. 6/1/1946 in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) that contains war diaries and reports concerning the activities of the USS Crosby and the USS Pickaway during World War II. These records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog.  Please keep in mind that the Catalog does not always list files in chronological order.


          The "official" photograph of an individual is not considered to be permanent federal records by the respective military services and is not retained in a separate collection by the service. If the photograph you are seeking still exists, it will most likely be found in the individual's Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). However, there is no guarantee the photograph will be present.


          Photographs of various U.S. Navy activities dating from 1940 to 2007 are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@nara.gov.


          To determine all the ships on which he served, 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.. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


          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. Also, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter, and those involving the VA Home Loan program. If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. Please refrain from submitting non-emergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections, or records research until NPRC returns to pre-COVID staffing levels.  Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


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

          • Re: Seeking Navy records & pictures of Myron Ray
            Theresa Vennie Scout

            Hello Robert:


            I found the following information on Ancestry and hope that the Myron J. Ray on the crew roster for USS Crosby is that of your brother.




            Myron J Ray

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