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Dear Mr. Moore,
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 Sacramento (AOE-1) for 1972 through 1974. However, these records are currently closed to researchers.
On August 9, 2019 the National Archives and the Department of Veterans Affairs entered into an agreement to digitize the Vietnam-era US Navy Deck Logs. To date, the Department of Veterans Affairs has digitized more than 20 million pages of the Vietnam Era deck logs. All of these images will be retained by both the National Archives and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Data contained in the digitized images will be used by the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist Veterans in resolving claims filed with the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA).
We are working expeditiously to make the millions of resulting digital images available in the National Archives Catalog. Because the post-1970 deck logs contain Personal Identifiable Information (PII) in the form of Social Security Numbers, and the National Archives has to do a page-by-by redaction of the SSNs in order to make the deck logs available on the National Archives Catalog. This is slow, detailed work and we ask for your patience. We can not expedite the processing of specific deck logs.
Under normal circumstances, we would welcome you to visit the Textual Research Room (Room 2000) at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland so you can examine these logs in person. You could also hire a researcher to conduct research on your behalf. However, visiting is not an option at this time, as all NARA research rooms were closed effective at the end of business on March 13, 2020 as a public health precaution due to COVID-19. For updates on the status of Research Rooms, please visit https://www.archives.gov/coronavirus.
If this information is needed for a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the VA also has digital copies of these deck logs that they should be able to access through their internal systems. Please contact your nearest VA office.
Plus, you may wish to consult with the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association, as some of their members have copies of various deck logs that were made before the records were closed for the digitization project.
In regards to manifests, cargo manifests are temporary records and were destroyed by the US Navy after their initial administrative use. If you are referring instead to muster rolls, we located Personnel Diaries and Muster Rolls, 1/1/1972 - 1/31/1983 in Record Group 24 that should include muster rolls for the USS Sacramento. Muster rolls/Personnel Diaries from 1971 onward utilize social security numbers as service numbers and are subject to privacy restrictions. For more information about requesting access to these records please email the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at Archives2reference@nara.gov.
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. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!