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Dear Mr. Vines,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
The deck logs you seek are closed for digitization. Please see the blog CLOSED - Vietnam War-era U.S. Navy & Coast Guard Deck Logs for Digitization Project for more information. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you
USS Shelton Deck Logs for 1956-1970 are online now at Archives - Thanks volunteers at National Archives
Them check this link for Great references for many ships with dates and location maps
Share with other Vietnam navy Vets and thank you for your service
USS Shelton was rearming from the USS Haleakala AE-25 before and after noon on 08-11-1972 when the Shelton Deck Log reported their noon Coordinates about 6.25 miles off the mainland just north of Da Nang South Vietnam. You can take the Lat and Lon coordinates and enter them into google earth as
"16.431N, 108.031E" and it will put a pin, then use the measuring tool set to miles for your map. Cross checking positions of other ships on the Shelton's Deck Log while rearming and refueling may lead to additional locations on the other ship deck logs. FOR YOUR A/O CLAIM USE AN ACCREDITED VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER AND PRINT THIS OUT AND TAKE IT TO HIM OR HER. However my experience makes makes some deck log coordinate suspect. Hopefully the fire direction people were more attentive before cutting loose withfire support HA! I am sure you Navy guys saved my bacon on a number of occasions in 1968.
Dear Mr. Vines,
This is to provide an update on your request.
On 28 September 2020, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced the completion of the digitization declassified Vietnam era (1956-1978) deck logs. All of the digitized logs will be retained by both the National Archives and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Data contained in the digitized images is being used by the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist Veterans in resolving claims filed with the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA).
We are working expeditiously to make the millions of resulting digital images available in the National Archives Catalog. Because the post-1970 deck logs contain Personal Identifiable Information (PII) in the form of Social Security Numbers (SSNs), the National Archives has to do a page-by-by redaction of the SSNs in order to make the deck logs available on the National Archives Catalog. Therefore, the 1971 and 1972 deck logs for the USS Shelton are not yet available using the Catalog. This is slow, detailed work and we ask for your patience. We can not expedite the processing of specific deck logs.
Under normal circumstances, we would welcome you to visit the Textual Research Room (Room 2000) at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland so you can examine these logs (to include the post-1970 logs) in person. You also could hire a researcher to conduct research on your behalf. However, visiting is not an option at this time, as all NARA research rooms were closed effective at the end of business on March 13, 2020 as a public health precaution due to COVID-19. For updates on the status of Research Rooms, please visit https://www.archives.gov/coronavirus.
If this information is needed for a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the VA also has digital copies of these deck logs that they should be able to access through their internal systems. Please contact your nearest VA office for further assistance.
We hope this is helpful.