4 Replies Latest reply on Sep 29, 2020 7:00 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking ship Charles Seawright served on


      We are currently trying to discover the name of the ship our father, Charles William Seawright, served on during World War ii. We have searched several places and have not been able to locate information. This is an important part of our family history and would like to be able to know the name for us and future generations. Thanks!

        • Re: Seeking ship Charles Seawright served on
          Grace Yuhasz Adventurer

          Ancestry.com has a record set called U.S., World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949.



          There is a man that may be the one you want. 


          Charles William Sewright

          Aboard ship LST 197

          Service Number 368-74-71

          Enlistment Date 16 July 1942

          Place of Enlistment Salt Lake City

          First received on board 20 Jan 1943


          He was transferred from ATB, Portsmouth, Virginia to LST 197 the day the ship was commissioned.  He served on LST 197 until he was transferred to “COMPHIBTRADETLANT FOR FURAS” on 4 Jan 1945. 


          About the Muster Rolls--

          You will need to look manually through Muster Rolls—Ancestry.com’s search will only show some of the pages that someone is on.  The pages are organized month by month and then put together by year.  Choose one of the search results.  You can look through the whole year by selecting the left and right arrow from that image. 


          Make sure to read the bottom of the page—the line number that Charles is on has a corresponding line number at the bottom.  It will have more information.


          If you type in WWII LST 197 into a search engine such as Google, there are multiple sites that come up with information about the ship.  Fold3.com may also have information as well.  It will take more research to figure out where he was transferred.

          • Re: Seeking ship Charles Seawright served on
            Elliot Schneider Ranger



            He served on the LST-197 looks like at least 1943-1944. They had only two muster reports for 1943 and 1944.


            Hope this helps


            Elliot Schneider

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            • Re: Seeking ship Charles Seawright served on
              J. Andrew Scout

              Do you happen to know if he was an officer or if he was enlisted?  If he was an officer he wouldn't show up in the previously mentioned muster rolls.  Also,  any chance he used a variant spelling while in the service?  I found the following for a Charles Sewright in the U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 which matches the spelling and enlistment date found on the muster rolls.  Is this a match for him?


              Name: Charles Sewright

              Gender: Male

              Birth Date: 30 Oct 1923

              Death Date: 16 Jan 1978

              Enlistment Date 1: 16 Jul 1942

              Release Date 1: 26 Jul 1946

              • Re: Seeking ship Charles Seawright served on
                Jason Atkinson Ranger

                Dear Ms. Seawright,


                Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

                In addition to the muster rolls located by Ms. Yuhasz and Mr. Schneider, 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. If there is any information requested by the form, you may leave it blank or provide estimates, however the more information you provide, the easier it will be for NPRC staff to locate the correct file.  If you believe he may have used an alternate spelling of his name during his service, please include that information as well. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


                Should you be interested in researching his 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 logs of the LST-197 from 5 February 1943 through its decommissioning on 5 April 1946. We also located Navy Unit and Presidential Unit Commendations Case Files, 1942 - 1963 in Record Group 24 that includes a file for [1941-1945] USS LST 197. Plus, we 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-197. 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. Also, the National Personnel Records Center is is currently only servicing emergency requests and will soon expand its service to include time-sensitive requests from veterans for records needed to secure VA home loan guarantees and employment opportunities. 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) that contains war diaries and reports concerning the LST-197’s activities during World War II. 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-197. Plus, the unofficial website NavSource has a page on the LST-197.


                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 research!