1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 4, 2022 3:19 PM by Jason Atkinson

    What ship did my grandfather serve on in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII?

    Patrick Parker Newbie

      Ora Edison Rice served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1942 until 1945.  He initially was stationed at Norfolk and later deployed to the Aleutian Islands.  I am seeking any information on records or details of his military enlistment as a CEM.  I have applied for his discharge record from the NPRC as of today but it may be awhile before receiving any results.

       

      Additional Information:

      I have learned that he was assigned to the USS Casper in California.  The Casper was commissioned 31 March 1944.  No luck so far in finding any detailed information on the service record of PF-12 except for the little that is found on a general Internet search of the USS Casper.

        • Re: What ship did my grandfather serve on in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII?
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Mr. Parker,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          In regards to your request to NPRC, please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 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 searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Muster Rolls of Coast Guard Ships and Shore Establishments, 1941 - 1949 in the Records of the U.S. Coast Guard (Record Group 26) that include muster rolls of USS Casper for 1944 in Box 221 and for 1945 in Box 256. For more information about the non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov.

           

          We also located 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 Casper (PF-12) for March 31, 1944 through April 1946. These records have not been digitized and are not available online. For more information, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

           

          Photographs of various Navy and Coast Guard 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 request a search for photographs of specific ships.

           

           

          Additionally, 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 USS CASPER - War History. This document has been digitized and may be viewed online though the Catalog.

           

          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 RDT1, RDT2, and RDSS.  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.

           

          In addition, we searched the website of the Naval History and Heritage Command and located an article about Casper (PF-12) and the website of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Historian's Office and located a page about the USS Casper, PF-12.

           

          Finally, the unofficial website NavSource has a page on the Casper (PF 12).

           

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