1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 24, 2020 10:06 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking deck logs for the Korean War


      Hi, I'm writing a book about my father and would like to research deck logs of ships he served on. Can I find those online?  If not, how and where do I find them?   Thank you.

        • Re: Seeking deck logs for the Korean War
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Arden,


          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 most US Navy ships from the Korean War era (1950-1953). The bulk of the deck logs that have been digitized are from the Vietnam War era (1956-1978) or World War II (1941-1945), however there are a small number of deck logs from the Korean War years that have been digitized. To check for the digital availability of logs for specific ships, see the list Navy Deck Logs Available in the National Archives Catalog. If the logs you seek are not on that list, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov to inquire as to whether they have logs of specific ships for specific years. RDT2 also may be able to suggest additional records that could be useful for your research.


          If you have not already done so, 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.


          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. Also, the NPRC is currently only servicing emergency requests associated with medical treatments, burials, homeless veterans, VA Home loan guarantees, and employment opportunities. If this is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. We apologize for any inconvenience.


          We also suggest that you review the website of the Naval History and Heritage Command, to include their Korean War page, their Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, and the organizations and resources linked on their Research page.


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