1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 1, 2020 11:25 AM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking enlisted submarine qualification cards

    Tom Boyer Adventurer

      I am looking for an enlisted submarine qualification card or ship's information documents for USS Trigger (SS-564) or sister boats. They also are known as Diesel Fast attack submarine.

        • Re: Seeking enlisted submarine qualification cards
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Boyer,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          Unfortunately, the card issued to the sailor was the only one. Achieving the Qualification in Submarines would be reported back to the Navy’s Bureau of Personnel and the approval would be entered into his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) and possibly the ship’s deck log.


          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 Trigger (SS-564) for 31 March 1952 through 10 July 1973. For access to these logs, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          We also suggest that you request a copy of his 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. 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.


          Lastly, we located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website a history of the USS Trigger and an aerial photograph of the submarine


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


          [Information provided by Nate Patch, Subject Matter Expert]

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