Dear Ms. Cavagnaro,
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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 LST-972 for 22 January 1945 through 25 June 1946. For copies of these logs, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We also located 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) that contains war diaries and reports concerning the LST-972’s activities during World War 2. These records have been digitized and may be viewed online through the Catalog. Please keep in mind that the Catalog does not always list files in chronological order.
Plus, we located Muster Rolls of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, 1/1/1939 - 1/1/1949 in Record Group 24 that includes muster rolls of LST-972 for 22 January 1945 through 25 June 1946, which also have been digitized and may be viewed online through the Catalog.
In addition, we searched the website of the Naval History and Heritage Command and located an article about LST-972 as well as the United States Pacific Fleet Organization 1 May 1945 that lists the LST-972.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!