Dear Ms. Burgess,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Muster Rolls and Personnel Diaries of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, 1/1/1949 - 12/31/1971 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that include the muster rolls of the USS New Jersey (BB-62) for 1953 through 1954. These muster rolls are in Entry PI-123 136, Box 1712, Microfilm Reel 724, Activity Code 0356 0062. For access to and/or copies of these muster rolls, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
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