1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 17, 2021 11:40 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking report of USS Ringgold and USS Yarnall Collision

    David Johnson Newbie

      On March 4, 1945, USS Ringgold (DD 500) and USS Yarnall (DD 541) collided during simulated torpedo attacks. Both ships' war diaries mention and briefly describe the collision (war diaries found on Fold3.com). Ringgold's war diary says this, " Detailed report of the collision was made by Ringgold's CO secret serial 001 on 9 March 1945." I've done about as much searching as I know to do and have not found a full report. I'd like to know where it resides and if it has been rendered into digital form.  Thanks!

        • Re: Seeking report of USS Ringgold and USS Yarnall Collision
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Mr. Johnson,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Court of Inquiry Proceedings, 1909 - 1971 in the Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Navy) (Record Group 125) that contains records relating to inquiries into ship collisions and may include records related to this collision.  We also located Index to Flag File Screening Documents and the Flag File Screening Documents in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) that may include records of boards of investigation and/or courts of inquiry relating to the collision. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at Archives2reference@nara.gov.


          Also, the Records of Naval Districts and Shore Establishments (Record Group 181) and the Records of Naval Operating Forces (Record Group 313) may include records related to this matter. First, you need to identify which higher command those vessels were attached (squadron, type commander, or theater commander) and where the investigation was held (either the naval district, shipyard, or naval base). RDT2 may be able to assist you with this. Please contact RDT2 via email at Archives2reference@nara.gov.


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


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