Dear Mr. Blecher,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the following series which contain records of the USS Van Buren (PF-42). Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1941 - 1983 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) include the deck logs of the USS Van Buren (PF-42) for 17 December 1943 through 26 April 1946. Muster Rolls of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, 1/1/1939 - 1/1/1949 in Record Group 24 include the muster rolls of the USS Van Buren (PF-42) for most of 1944. World War II Action and Operational Reports, 12/7/1941 - 1946 in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) includes reports submitted by the Van Buren. For access to and/or copies of the records listed above, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also located Muster Rolls of Coast Guard Ships and Shore Establishments, 1941 - 1949 in the records of the U.S. Coast Guard (Record Group 26) which contains muster rolls of the USS Van Buren for 1943 through 1946. These records were filed with the US Coast Guard because the ship had a Coast Guard crew. For access to and/or copies of the records, please contact the National Archives in Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at email@example.com.
Also, World War II War Diaries, Other Operational Records and Histories, ca. 1/1/1942 - ca. 6/1/1946 in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) contains war diaries and reports concerning the USS Van Buren’s activities during World War 2. These records have been digitized and can be viewed online through the Catalog. Please keep in mind that the Catalog does not always list files in chronological order.
Finally, the Naval History and Heritage Command’s Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships has an article about the Van Buren II (PF-42) 1943-1946.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!