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Dear Ms. Clarke,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Official Logbooks of Merchant Vessels, 1942 - 1981 in the Records of the U.S. Coast Guard (Record Group 26) including the SS Barney Kirschbaum for 1946 to 1952. For access to and/or copies of these logbooks, please contact the National Archives at New York (RE-NY) via email at email@example.com. Luckily, the Barney Kirschbaum was not part of the U.S. Army Transport (USAT) Service.
We also located a file unit titled 901-16501 Barney Kirschbaum (SS) (MCE # 2348) in the series titled Central Correspondence Files, 1936 - 1950 in the Records of the U.S. Maritime Commission (Record Group 178). For access to and/or copies of this file unit, please contact the National Archives at College Park (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thank you for this information. I'll follow up on these references and see what the Archives yields. I appreciate your help and love this History Hub.
While doing research on my family, I came across this newspaper clipping from The Billings Gazette, dated Dec. 29, 1948, Page 2. It appears to be a list of fallen soldiers whose remains were returned to the states aboard the transport ship Barney Kirschbaum. A similar article can be found in The Montana Standard newspaper, Dec. 29, 1948, page 5 and also the Great Falls Tribune paper, dated Dec. 29, 1948, page 5.