3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 19, 2021 11:32 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking deck logs and/or war diaries of USS YMS-196

    Tom Boyer Adventurer

      Where can I find deck logs and/or war diaries of USS YMS-196 during World War II?

        • Re: Seeking deck logs and/or war diaries of USS YMS-196
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Boyer,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog for you and located these records. The hyperlinked names will just connect you to the Catalog where you can read a description of the records.

           

          The Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1941 - 1983 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) have deck logs of the USS YMS-196 for April 16, 1943 through May 21, 1946. The deck logs for the USS YMS-196 are not available online.

           

          The World War II War Diaries, 12/7/1941 - 12/31/1945 in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) may include war diaries of the USS YMS-196. There are no war diaries for the USS YMS-196 available online.

           

          These records listed above are located physically at the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference.  Please send further questions about these records to archives2reference@nara.gov. Their response may be delayed due to the ongoing pandemic.

           

          The hyperlinks (in blue) in this last paragraph will link you to specific NARA web pages or an email address. The research room at the National Archives in College Park, MD, is currently open on a limited basis. Research visits are by appointment only and require a virtual consultation prior to the onsite visit. Please see these frequently asked questions for further information, and email visit_archives2@nara.gov to request an appointment. Researchers should monitor NARA’s web page archives.gov/college-park for details and updates, as the situation may change quickly.

           

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

           

            • Re: Seeking deck logs and/or war diaries of USS YMS-196
              Tom Boyer Adventurer

              Jason,

               

              Some years ago (same year President Reagan died) I was able to go to the archives. They found the entire history (non-archive term) of the USS YMS-196 from its launch to its deployment in the South Pacific. These were log books of some kind in sealed plastic bags. I don't know the specific archive language that describes these log books so I cannot ask the appropriately worded questions. I doubt these books have been digitized but if I knew how to request them, maybe I could find a researcher to digitize them for me and your online catalog.

               

              Also, how would I correctly request photographs from the archives?

                • Re: Seeking deck logs and/or war diaries of USS YMS-196
                  Jason Atkinson Ranger

                  Dear Mr. Boyer,

                  Thank you for posting your follow-up request on History Hub!

                   

                  The records you described are most likely the deck logs that are located in the record series Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1941 - 1983 that we mentioned in our previous reply. They had been sealed up when they were moved from the National Archives in DC to the National Archives at College Park when the latter building was opened in the 1990s. The decklogs have since then been unsealed, unbound, and rehoused in archival boxes. The YMS-196 is listed on NARA’s internal finding aids for this record series. Therefore, RDT2 should have the deck logs for the date range mentioned in our previous response.

                   

                  In regards to the war diaries in your other follow-up request, you mentioned that you could not locate a war diary for the USS YMS-196 in record series World War II War Diaries, Other Operational Records and Histories, ca. 1/1/1942 - ca. 6/1/1946.  We also searched the series and could not locate a digital copy of the war diaries for the USS YMS-196.  This series consists of microfilm copies of the original paper war diaries. The microfilm rolls were digitized by our partner Fold3, which provided us with copies of the war diaries to post to our Catalog.  They also make copies of the war diaries available on their website.  We searched the copies available on Fold3, but we were unable to locate any war diaries for YMS-196 there either.

                  It has been our experience that there are sometimes original paper records in the record series World War II War Diaries, 12/7/1941 - 12/31/1945 that were not microfilmed by the US Navy when they created the other record series. Therefore, there is a possibility that war diaries for the YMS-196 may be located in that series but it also is possible that no war diaries were created for the ship.

                   

                  We suggest emailing RDT2 at archives2reference@nara.gov to request more information. The National Archives at College Park has recently recalled much of its staff, so there should be reference staff onsite that can physically check the records for you. They also may provide more information about whether there are currently options for ordering copies, for hiring a researcher, or for scheduling an appointment to see these records in the research room.

                   

                  Additional records which may interest you are 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). This series includes the digitized file YMS-196, 4/16/43-5/2/46, which may be viewed through the Catalog.

                   

                  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). While some of these have been digitized and are available through the Catalog, not all Navy photographs from this time period are available online.  We searched the Catalog but did not locate any digitized photographs of the USS YMS-196. Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@nara.gov to request a search for non-digitized photographs of specific ships. 

                   

                  The website of the Navy History and Heritage Command (NHHC) often has histories and photographs of ships on their website.  However in this case, we searched their website and the only mention of the YMS-196 was in relation to the Unit Awards.

                   

                  In addition to NARA and NHHC, another good source of photographs for naval vessels is the unofficial website NavSource. This website often includes photographs from private collections which are not in government custody. We searched NavSource and located pages for YMS-196, YMS-196 Crew Photos, and History of the YMS-196.

                   

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