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Dear Mr. Gunther,
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If you haven’t done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and medical records of enlisted men of the U.S. Navy who were separated from the service after 1885 and prior to 1958 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. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
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-702 for May through June 1945 when the ship was supporting the occupation of Okinawa. Please note that deck logs do not always mention the activities of individual crew members.
We also located Muster Rolls of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, 1/1/1939 - 1/1/1949 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) which includes muster rolls of the LST-702. The muster rolls indicate that John J. Finnegan (service number 812 65 95) enlisted 22 July 1943, was received on board the LST-702 on 12 June 1944, and that at the time of the ship’s participation in the Okinawa campaign his rank was Pharmacist Mate 1st Class (temporary). He transferred from the ship on 28 October 1945.
These muster rolls are now available in digital form and can be viewed online via Ancestry as U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949. There may be a fee for this service. Under normal circumstances, you may view these records online at one of NARA's facilities for free via a NARA PC. For the nearest NARA location, please consult our web page at http://www.archives.gov/locations/. Unfortunately, all National Archives locations are currently closed to the public because of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Additionally, you may check with your local public or university library as these institutions often provide access to their patrons.
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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) and located COM LST FLOT 35 - War History. LST-702 was assigned to LST Flotilla Thirty-Five for part of the time that it operated in support of the Okinawa invasion.
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I meant to type USS Navy LST-702. This LST was not named. That was a typing error.