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Dear Ms. Kutchey,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships, 1801 - 1940 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that include the deck log of the USS Napa (AT-32) for 15 August 1939 through 31 December 1940. For access to and/or copies of this log, please contact the National Archives in Washington DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also located 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 Napa (AT-32) for 1 January 1941 through 31 January 1942 and the USS Otus (AS-20) for 19 March 1941 through 20 August, 1946. For access to and/or copies of these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
In addition, Muster Rolls of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, 1/1/1939 - 1/1/1949 in Record Group 24 includes the muster rolls of the USS Napa (AT-32) 1939 through 1942. For access to and/or copies of these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. These records have also been digitized and can be viewed online through Fold3.com. There may be a fee for this service, or you can access Fold3 for free at any National Archives location. Some libraries provide free access to Fold3 for their patrons.
Please see the following Fold3 links for 1940 and 1941 muster rolls of the USS Napa. Edward F. Kutchey (service number 103 37 07) is listed as a crew member of the USS Napa for many of these dates. We also located a listing for Edward Ferdinand Kutchey in the Receiving Station in Cavite, P.I in October 1941, as well as listings for him on the USS Otus (AS-20) in October 1941, November 1941, and December 1941. The notations indicated that he transferred from the USS Napa to Cavite on October 7, 1941, and from there to the USS Otus on October 14, 1941. According to the muster rolls of the USS Otus, he transferred to the USS Holland on December 10, 1941. However, we cross referenced with the December 1941 muster rolls of the USS Holland and could not find a record of him being on that ship. We also could not find any other listings for him in any other muster rolls after December 1941.
It should be remembered that the Japanese invasion of the Philippines started on December 8, 1941, which created a great deal of chaos as American military forces were bombed, besieged, and many were captured. You also may be interested to know that there is a listing for Edward Ferdinand Kutchey in the World War II Prisoners of the Japanese File which is available online through the Catalog. We also located a listing for him on page 205 [image 207] of the State Summary of War Casualties from World War II for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Personnel from California in the list of persons that had been released from prison camps. He also shows up on a list of Allied prisoners of war provided to Fold3 by The National Archives of the United Kingdom.
If you haven’t done so already, you may request 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 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. To request these records, please mail a completed GSA Standard Form 180 to NPRC.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
Good day and hoe you are well. Thank you so much for your assistance. I greatly appreciate it. You've been really helpful. May I ask one more thing, do you know how to email BuNav or Bureau of Navigation? I have a question for them but I don't know how to get in touch with them. I have a file of my grandfather from his service record it was stated in 1940 he forwarded his' home add to BuNav. I'm wondering what is that home address? Please see attachment
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The Bureau of Navigation turned its personnel management functions over to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in 1942. But personnel records from the WWII era have been transferred from the Navy to the National Archives. I think you would be better served to contact the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis.
You can access records from the NPRC by submitting a Standard Form 180. Give the NPRC people as much information as you can, and they will search the files for you. If the records you want still exist, you will get a letter telling you how you can get the records by mail.
You can also request to look at the records in person, at the Research Room of NPRC, located at 1 Archives Drive in St. Louis. Or, if you are not going to be in St. Louis, you can hire a researcher to look at those records for you.
For detailed information, visit https://www.archives.gov/personnel-records-center or call 314-801-0800.
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According to Wikipedia. USS Napa was built at Puget Sound, commissioned in 1919, decommissioned and transferred to the Inactive Fleet at Olongapo in the Philippines on 7 June 1929. She was recommissioned on 15 August 1939, and served in the Philippines until she was scuttled by her crew on 9 April 1942.