2 Replies Latest reply on Nov 23, 2021 1:48 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Looking for information on Joseph A Eisenberg's Navy service

    Jack Minzer Newbie

      Hello, my grandfather, Joseph A Eisenberg enlisted and joined the Navy at 17 years old in January 1945. According to his copy of his discharge papers (NAVPERS 553) he received his training at NTC Sampson in Geneva, NY, and was sent to Camp Shoemaker before serving on the USS Astoria (CL-90) and the USS General HW Butner (AP-113) between November 1945 and July 1946. I have a number of muster rolls showing him on these ships as a Baker Third Class (Bkr3c). According to the muster rolls, he spent six months on the USS Astoria before being transferred to another ship in March. He doesn't appear on the rolls for either ship and reappears six weeks later on the USS General HW Butner where he spent three months and sailed to China. I'm looking for more information on his service but I can't locate a War Diary or Deck Logs for either ship. I requested his records from NRPC but I don't expect to hear back for quite a while. I'm trying to learn more about what he did and where he went, as well as why there is a one-month gap in his service in March-April 1946. Thank you.

        • Re: Looking for information on Joseph A Eisenberg's Navy service
          Elliot Schneider Ranger



          Here he is on  USS Astoria: looks like he was on the Astoria from Nov 45- Apr 46 then Back to the Gen H.W. Buttner in May of 1946


          Name:Joseph A Eisenberg
          Ship, Station or Activity:Gunston Hall
          Ship Number or Designation:LSD-5
          Muster Date:22 Mar 1946







          Name:Joseph A Eisenberg
          Ship, Station or Activity:General HW Butner
          Ship Number or Designation:AP-113
          Muster Date:1 May 1946





          Name:Joseph A Eisenberg
          Ship, Station or Activity:Astoria
          Ship Number or Designation:CL-90
          Muster Date:1 Apr 1946


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          • Re: Looking for information on Joseph A Eisenberg's Navy service
            Jason Atkinson Guide

            Dear Mr. Minzer,


            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 include the muster rolls of the USS Astoria (CL-90) [mislabeled in the Catalog]; Gunston Hall (LSD-5), 11/23/43-1/1/47; and the  General H. W. Butner (AP-113) [dates are wrong in the title heading]. These records have been digitized and are available for viewing using the Catalog.

            The muster rolls for the USS Astoria and the USS Gunston Hall indicate that on March 16, 1946, he transferred from the USS Astoria to the USS Gunston Hall.  On that same day he transferred to R/S (Receiving Station) San Pedro, California. The short duration indicates that he was on the Gunston Hall simply for transportation rather than having been assigned as a permanent member of the crew. On April 29, 1946, he transferred from  R/S San Pedro to the USS General HW Butner per the muster rolls of that ship. In that intervening time, he was assigned to R/S San Pedro. We are attaching the relevant muster roll pages to the end of our reply. We did not locate any muster rolls for R/S San Pedro during this time period. It is likely that he was assigned some duties at the receiving station while waiting for assignment to his new ship.  He also may have taken some leave during this time period.


            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 USS General HW Butner and the USS Astoria. However, because ships discontinued keeping war diaries shortly after the end of the war, these records end before the time period you are researching.


            Next, we 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 Astoria, the USS Gunston Hall, and the USS General HW Butner for 1945 and 1946. These records have not been digitized and are not available online. For more information about the deck logs, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


            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. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


            Further, we searched the website of the Naval History and Heritage Command and located articles about Astoria III (CL-90),  and General H. W. Butner (AP-113).


            Finally, the unofficial website NavSource has pages on the USS ASTORIA (CL 90) and USS General Henry W. Butner (T-AP-113), and USS Gunston Hall (LSD-5)-A.


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