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The US Naval History and Heritage has info on the WW2 era Van Buren, which served in the Pacific.
The history of the vessel can be utilized to request specific pages of the NARA Deck Logs which may have
general navigation, coordinates and refueling notations. The Action Reports, Diaries or Journals would have
details of the ships engagements and campaigns.
Naval History and Heritage Link to the Van Buren:
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Dear Mr. Shifrel,
The National Archives in College Park, MD holds the Deck Logs, Action Reports, and War Diaries for the USS Van Buren PF-42 during World War II. Deck logs for United States Navy ships are located in Record Group 24 (Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel). The Action Reports and War Diaries are located in Record Group 38 (Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations). The Deck logs, Action Reports, and War Diaries in our holdings were contemporaneously created.
We have the deck logs for the USS Van Buren PF-42 between December 1943 and April 1946.
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, although they do sometimes provide information about a ship's operations. As such, these entries can often by "dry stuff".
Along with holding the deck logs of United States Navy ships, the National Archives in College Park, MD also hold the Action Reports and War Diaries for United States Navy ships during World War II. These records are Action Reports provide information about single incidences or actions that the ship participated in. War Diaries are monthly summaries of all actions the ship participated in, and are similar to deck logs in the way they were recorded. Action Reports and War Diaries are useful in understanding what the ship did during the war and may include information not provided by the deck logs.
Is there a specific date or action that the USS Van Buren PF-42 participated in that you would like more information about?
Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RDT2)
National Archives at College Park, MD