1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 15, 2019 12:27 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking WW II Navy service records of Albert Spatch


      I’m seeking WW II USN service records for my uncle Albert Spatch. He may have served on both the USS Hornet and the USS Wasp.

        • Re: Seeking WW II Navy service records of Albert Spatch
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Lowry,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          To obtain your uncle’s service records, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and medical records of enlisted men of the U.S. Navy who were separated from the service after 1885 and prior to 1957, and naval officers who were separated from service after 1902 and prior to 1957 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. To request a copy of these records, please mail a completed GSA Standard Form 180 to NPRC.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1941 - 1983 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that include the deck logs for World War II, to include the USS Hornet (CV-8), USS Hornet (CV-12), USS Wasp (CV-7), and the USS Wasp (CV-18). Deck logs for WWII typically list officers assigned to a ship. They do not list enlisted personnel but they will provide some information about what the crew experienced. We also located the Muster Rolls of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, 1/1/1939 - 1/1/1949 in Record Group 24 that include lists of enlisted personnel (though not officers) assigned to US Navy organizations during WWII. For access to and/or copies of the deck logs and the muster rolls, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          As part of our on-going commitment to preserve our records, the National Archives has entered into partnership with Ancestry.com to digitize some of NARA's holdings. Digitized records include Muster Rolls/Personnel Diaries (crew rosters) of U.S. Naval Ships and Stations for the dates of January 1,1941 thru January 1, 1949. These records are now available in digital form and can be viewed online via http://www.ancestry.com. There may be a fee for this service. Instead, you may view these records online at one of NARA's facilities for free via a NARA PC. For the nearest NARA location, please consult our web page at http://www.archives.gov/locations/. Additionally, you may check with your local public or university library as these institutions often provide access to Ancestry.com.


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

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