Dear Mr. Rawhouser,
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Deck logs from the 1970s do not list the entire crew, and only sometimes list individual members. If you wish to document the fact that you were assigned to the ship, we suggest that you request a copy of your 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 1957 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 may use eVetRecs to request their own records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Request Military Service Records.
Deck logs can often be used to verify the location of a ship. 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 log of the USS Somers (DDG-34) for January 1972 through December 1974. For more information about these logs, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com. Due to the US Navy’s use of social security numbers for service numbers during this time period, there may be restrictions on access to these logs for reasons of personal privacy.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. Also, 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 thank you for your patience and look forward to resuming normal operations when the public health emergency has ended.
We hope this is helpful.