2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 26, 2019 11:58 AM by P JANE Babcock

    How do Obtain copies of US Navy deck logs from the 1960's?


      What  is the process for requesting copies of deck logs from the 1960's of US Navy ships?

        • Re: How do Obtain copies of US Navy deck logs from the 1960's?
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Anderson,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          The National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) has custody of the Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1941 - 1983 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24). Many of the Vietnam-era deck logs have been digitized and are available via the National Archives Catalog. Please click on the above hyperlink to search for the logbooks (also called deck logs) of ship you seek. In the Details area of the page, click on "Search within this Series". This will take you to a search box. Type in the name of the ship (i.e, America) or hull designation and click on the Search button. If it has been digitized, the images will appear on the results page. Look for the particular deck log you seek then click on the digital image or the underlined/hyperlinked document title to see a larger view of the image and to be able to download the image.


          If you are unable to locate the deck logs you seek, they probably have not been digitized. Please contact RDT2 via email at archives2reference@nara.gov for access to and/or copies the deck logs. Because the files are arranged hierarchically, identification of the ship and date (month and year) of interest are necessary before a search can be conducted.


          For more information about logbooks, please see the blog titled Vessel & Station Log Books


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


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          • Re: How do Obtain copies of US Navy deck logs from the 1960's?

            Here are the online the National Archive have scanned and put online, so far. https://www.archives.gov/research/military/logbooks/navy-online


            Otherwise if you Google the ship in combination with things like Westpac, Vietnam, the years,... switch the search order you will likely find sites others have built that have "Buddy" lists and "Guest books" where you can leave messages or find people.  If you remember names of people, search the social media sites like Facebook or LinkedIn. Doing this I have actually hooked up a Korean War Veteran with one of the guys from the Marine unit that saved his life.  

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