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Dear Mr. Dungan,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
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 of the LST-449 for 31 December 1942 - 16 March 1946. We also located World War II Action and Operational Reports in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) that may include reports submitted by the LST-449. 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, we located World War II War Diaries, Other Operational Records and Histories, ca. 1/1/1942 - ca. 6/1/1946 in Record Group 38 that contains war diaries and reports concerning the LST-449’s activities during World War II. These records have been digitized and can be viewed online through the Catalog. Please note that the Catalog does not always list files in chronological order.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Dear Mr Atkinson,
Thank you for your email. I’ve started reviewing the digitized records. It’s very exciting to see entries in my father’s diary corroborated by the ship’s logs. I came along later in my dad’s life and never got to fully discuss his war time experiences with him. My youngest daughter and I are planning a trip to the archives next month. I appreciate the preliminary research you did for me. I’m so thankful we have a national archive.
Dear Mr. Dungan,
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We are living is exceptional times. As a follow-up to my original question I'm looking to strategies to find op orders for example:
In reviewing the War Diary for LST-449 for February and March 1945, two operation plans are mentioned: Iwo Jima - 'Com Phibs Pac Operation Plan A25-44' (February 1945) and Okinawa - 'AdComPhibsPac Op Plan A 1-45' (April 1945).
I've tried searching but I'm new around here and not very efficient yet. Are the operation plans available through the National Archives?