1 Reply Latest reply on Dec 9, 2021 11:52 AM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking service records of Joseph Carroll

    Meg-Marie Ryan Newbie

      I’m looking for my Dad's naval service records from WWII. He served on a Crescent class transport the USS Charles Carroll. My Dad's name is Joseph R. Carroll. DOB 06/07/1919. Where do I go to find his service records?? All help appreciated

        • Re: Seeking service records of Joseph Carroll
          Rachael Salyer Ranger

          Dear Ms. Ryan,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of your father’s 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.  Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


          Next, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series 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 Charles Carroll during World War II that may also be of interest to you. 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.


          Plus, we located the series 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 Charles Carroll (APA-28) for 8/13/1942 - 1/1/1947. These records have been digitized and are available for viewing using the Catalog. In addition, we located the series Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1941-1983 in Record Group 24 that include the deck logs of the USS Charles Carroll (AP-58/APA-28) for 1942-1946. These deck logs have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov for assistance with these records. Please note that the deck logs generally do not include information about individual sailors; rather, they provide an overview of the activities and engagements of the ship as a whole.


          Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic. Please check NARA’s web page about COVID-19 updates for the latest information.


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