1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 11, 2020 10:48 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking records of USS McCalla (DD-488)

    Don Couchman Newbie

      I want to know more about the 1942-to-VJ Day life of this destroyer and her sailors.  My father was a fire controlman on here for that period. How do I find out about USS McCalla (DD-488)? What materials and documents might be available?

        • Re: Seeking records of USS McCalla (DD-488)
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Couchman,


          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 USS McCalla (DD-488) from its commissioning on 27 May 1942 through its decommissioning on 16 May 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 USS McCalla. 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.


          Plus, 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) that contains war diaries and reports concerning the USS McCalla ’s activities during World War II. These records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog.  Please keep in mind that the Catalog does not always list files in chronological order.


          In addition, we searched the website of the Naval History and Heritage Command and located an article about McCalla II (DD-488) as well as several photographs.


          Finally, the unofficial website NavSource has a page on the USS McCalla (DD-488).


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