1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 3, 2020 9:20 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking records of USS LST-743

    John Johnson Newbie

      I am trying to learn more about my Grandfather who was a cook on LST-743 during WWII.  I've been fortunate to see photos of the ship but would really like to see what his service may have been like. How can I see more photos and records about the places the ship went? Are there any more photos? Inside/outside?

        • Re: Seeking records of USS LST-743
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Johnson,


          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-743 from its commissioning on 10 January 1942 through its decommissioning on 4 November 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-743. For more information, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          Photographs of various U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps activities dating from 1940 to 2007 are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@nara.gov to request a search for photographs of specific ships.


          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 and RDSS. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          In addition, we 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) which contains war diaries and reports concerning the LST-743’s activities during World War 2. These records have been digitized and can be viewed online through the Catalog.  Please keep in mind that the Catalog does not always list files in chronological order.


          We searched the website of the Naval History and Heritage Command and located an article about LST-743 as well as a photograph..


          We also located photographs of the LST-743 on the website of Australian War Memorial. Because the LST-743 transported Australian soldiers at times, there may be additional photographs and records at the National Archives of Australia.


          Plus, The US LST Association may be able to assist you with your research. Members include veterans, spouses, children, and relatives.


          Finally, the unofficial website NavSource has a page on the LST-743.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!