Dear Mr. Forss,
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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 (to include those who died while in 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. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
We located a listing for Dillard Forss in the U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010, which provides the following information. If this is a match for your father, this information as well as his service number from the muster rolls will help you fill out the SF-180.
24 Jul 1922
20 Sep 1996
Enlistment Date 1:
15 Sep 1942
Release Date 1:
5 Apr 1946
The documents shared by Mr. Schneider are from the 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). They indicate that he served on the USS LST-678 that was redesignated the USS Presque Isle (APB-44) on 31 March 1945. The series includes muster rolls for LST-678, 7/10/44-3/31/45 that have been digitized and are available online using the National Archives Catalog. It also includes muster rolls for the same ship under the name USS Presque Isle, which have not yet been uploaded to the Catalog. In addition, we located listings for him after the war on the LST-1129. This ship's muster rolls have also not yet been uploaded to the Catalog. For more information accessing these records, please email the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at Archives2reference@nara.gov.
To summarize the information from the muster rolls, Dillard Fredrick Forss (Navy Service Number 639 33 49) enlisted 15 September 1942 at the Naval Recruiting Station (NRS) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On 10 July 1944, he was received onboard the LST-678 from the Amphibious Training Base (ATB) at Camp Bradford, Norfolk, Virginia. He was part of the crew of the LST-678 when it was commissioned in July 1944. His rating at this time is was Ship's Cook 3rd Class (SC3c). On 22 August 1944, he was promoted to Ship's Cook 2nd Class (SC2c). On 1 September 1945 he was promoted to Ship's Cook 1st Class (SC1c). He continued to serve on the same ship (now the USS Presque Isle) until he transferred to USS LST-1129 on 5 March 1946. On 27 March 1946, he transferred to the Intake Station, R/Ship, San Francisco, California.
The muster rolls referenced above are available on Fold3 as WWII Navy Muster Rolls and on Ancestry as U.S., World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949. Accessing these records on either website requires a paid subscription. Some libraries provide free access to one or both of these websites to their patrons.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and 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 includes war diaries and reports concerning the activities of LST-698 and the USS Presque Isle (APB-44) during World War II. These records have been digitized and can be viewed online using the Catalog. Please keep in mind that the Catalog does not always list files in chronological order.
We also 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-678 from its commissioning on 10 July 1944 through February 1945, and the USS Presque Isle (APB-44) from March 1945 through 18 April 1947. While deck logs rarely provide information about the activities of individual crew members, they can be useful for understanding the activities of the ship as a whole. These logs have not yet been digitized. For more information, please contact RDT2.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a search for photographs of specific ships.
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Further, we searched the website of the Naval History and Heritage Command and located an article about the Presque Isle as well as a photograph. Next, we located a page about the USS Presque Isle (APB-44) ex USS LST-678 on the unofficial website NavSource.
Finally, the US LST Association may be able to assist you with your research. Members include veterans, spouses, children, and relatives.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!