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Dear Mr. Power,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Chelsea Naval Hospital Histories and Reports, 1881 - 1974 that includes sanitary reports note deaths, discharges, and admissions, as well as buildings or facilities upkeep, renovations, and repair in a narrative form. Please check with the National Archives at Washington, DC (RDT1) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if the incident in 1944 was mentioned in the reports.
Other hospital records are disposable. Medical records of treatment are not retained as permanent records. The medical records of each person would be filed along with their Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). The medical and OMPFs of enlisted men and officers of the U.S. Navy who were separated from the service prior to 1955 are located at the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL), P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138. A separate GSA Standard Form 180 should be used to request these records for each person.
In addition, we located in the Catalog a series titled Casualty Lists for World War II and Korean War Battles, 1941 - 1956 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24). This series is in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) and may be viewed in the Textual Research Room. Or you may contact RDT2 via email at email@example.com.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research.
[Information provided by Nate Patch, Subject Matter Expert]
Thanks so much Rebecca! This is very helpful!