1 Reply Latest reply on Apr 1, 2019 7:43 AM by Rebecca Collier

    Yorktown CV-10 Quartermaster deck logs


      I’m searching for information on Yorktown’s Quartermaster deck logs. My aunt (mother’s sister) was married to a naval aviator who flew with VF-1 on board the Yorktown during operations around Saipan in 1944. He was killed on June 20th when another plane landed on top of him after he had landed successfully a minute or two earlier. His name was M.M. Tomme, Jr. and he was a Lieutenant, Junior Grade. Specifically I'm looking for the coordinates for his burial at sea.

        • Re: Yorktown CV-10 Quartermaster deck logs
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Jackson,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          According to the Department of the Navy records management regulations, only the deck logs of major combatant and support ships are considered permanent records and eventually accessioned into the custody of the National Archives. Other types of logs (engineer, engine room, quarter deck, sick bay or sick call, radio, and quartermaster) are deemed to be temporary records and destroyed by the Navy after initial administrative use.


          We searched the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) and located deck logs of the USS Yorktown (CV-10) for June 1944. Reviewing the logs from June 20th to June 30th did not reveal when the dead were buried at sea. We also searched the Casualty Information Reports, 1941 - 1960 in RG 24 and located information provided by the Yorktown and the VF-1 Squadron about LT(JG) Tomme. No date for his burial at sea was given. For access to and/or copies of these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          The U.S. Navy Individual Deceased Military Personnel Files from the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Record Group 024; National Archives at St. Louis contain a variety of documentation and correspondence pertaining to the circumstances of death, actions for recovery, and disposition of remains. Please provide the name of the veteran as well as a date of death.  And the Navy and Marine Corps Causality Records, 1940-1989 documents group burials, burials at sea, and remains not recovered.  Please contact the Archival Programs Division at stl.archives@nara.gov.    


          The date of his burial at sea may have been included in his individual medical report. Individual medical reports of officers of the U.S. Navy who were separated from service after 1902 and prior to 1955 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. A GSA Standard Form 180 should be used to request these records.


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

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