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Dear Mr. Braner,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
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. On 28 September 2020, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced the completion of the digitization of declassified Vietnam era (1956-1978) deck logs. All of the digitized logs will be retained by both the National Archives and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Data contained in the digitized images is being 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 resulting estimated 23.5 million digital images available in the National Archives Catalog.
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 Cimarron (AO-22) for January 1966 through 30 September 1968. These deck logs have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. Please note that the Catalog does not always list logs in chronological order. When viewing logs for each month, you may wish to click on the red PDF icon under the “Documents” heading. This will allow you to view the entire month’s logs as a single file. Once you have done so, you may use the blue download button to download the PDF. Due to the size of the files involved, it may take a little while for them to download in full. Please be patient. If you have any problems accessing these files, please email Catalog@nara.gov.
The series also contains deck logs of the USS Ashtabula (AO-51) from January 1966 through December 1973. At present, only the log Ashtabula (AO-51) - April 1967 is available digitally using the Catalog. For information about obtaining copies of the remaining logs through 1970, 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.
Because the post-1970 deck logs contain Personal Identifiable Information (PII) in the form of Social Security Numbers, and the National Archives has to conduct a page-by-page redaction of the SSNs in order to make the digital images of 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 the post-1971 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.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!