Dear Ms. Briechle,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and medical records of enlisted men and officers of the U.S. Navy who were separated from the service after 1958 and prior to January 31, 1994 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. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. Certain information in the records is not available to the general public without the written consent of the veteran (if living) or his next of kin (if the veteran is deceased). We suggest that the request be submitted under his name to avoid redactions. You may assist him if necessary. For more information see Request Military Service Records.
Due to the coronavirus public health emergency, the National Personnel Records Center is servicing only urgent requests related to homeless veterans, medical emergencies, and funerals which may be faxed to 314-801-0764.
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 USS Whetstone (LSD-27) for January 1963 through December 1965. These deck logs have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. Please note that the Catalog does not always list logs in chronological order. When viewing logs for each month, you may wish to click on the red PDF icon under the “Documents” heading. This will allow you to view the entire month’s logs as a single file. Once you have done so, you may use the blue download button to download the PDF. Due to the size of the files involved, it may take a little while for them to load in full. Please be patient. If you have any problems accessing these files, please email Catalog@nara.gov.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
Your guidance is tremendously helpful, Jason. Thank you for the time you took so I could support my father’s search efforts. It means a lot to me.