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When researching individual service members we recommend starting with the service members Official Military Personnel File. The medical and Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs) of Enlisted Personnel of the U.S. Navy who were separated from the service after 1885 and prior to February 1, 1994 and Officers of the U.S. Navy who were separated from service after 1902 and prior to February 1, 1994 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. You may apply online at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/.
Please note that Deck Logs are generally secondary sources when researching individual service members. A Deck Log is a brief record of the daily administrative activities of a ship. It includes journal-style entries of the ship's administrative activities; location and course of travel; disciplinary procedures; and any unusual events. The logs sometime include information related to operational activities, although the level of content and detail may vary widely. Deck Logs are not detailed journals describing a ship's mission and all events transpiring in and around the ship. Also, deck logs generally include monthly rosters of officers for the period of 1941 through 1956.
References to individuals in a Deck Log are incidental and most service members are not referenced in a Deck Log. A Deck Log can provide background information relating to the service of an individual service member. For example, when a service member is assigned to a ship you may generically identity the service member’s location by identifying the ship’s location. The Deck Logs of the USS PC-1147 for the dates of August 12, 1944 thru June 6, 1946 are located at the National Archives at College Park, MD.
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