4 Replies Latest reply on Oct 22, 2020 12:53 PM by T Overton

    Seeking information about USS America

    T Overton Newbie

      Hello, I am trying to locate any information (names of crew members and officers), personal accounts, newspaper articles, military records, and photographs of the USS America's damage after it sailed through a hurricane in the fall of 1991. Thank you!

        • Re: Seeking information about USS America
          Alice Lane Pioneer

          Welcome to History Hub


          The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS America (CV 66). Please keep in mind that this list does only include records of people who submitted their information for publication on this website. If you also served aboard and you remember one of the people below you can click on the name to send an email to the respective sailor




          USS America (CV 66) Operation Desert Storm Cruise Book 1991



          Hope these help


          Alice Lane

          Research Volunteer

          • Re: Seeking information about USS America
            Jason Atkinson Ranger

            Dear T. Overton,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files, 1982 - 2007 in the Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Record Group 330) that includes 764 photographs of the USS America which you may view online using the Catalog. There may be additional photographs from this time period in other record series that have not been digitized yet.  Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS) at stillpix@nara.gov to inquire about non-digitized photographs.

            Most naval records from the 1990s are still in the custody of the US Navy. For access to post-WWII U.S. Navy operational records (to include U.S. Navy deck logs dated after 1983), please write to the Operational Archives Branch, Naval History & Heritage Command, 805 Kidder Breese Street, SE, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC 20374-5060 or contact them via email at archives@navy.mil. Their website is https://www.history.navy.mil/research/archives.html


            Navy personnel diaries (also known as muster rolls) after 1976 are in the custody of the Navy Personnel Command (PERS-00J6), 5720 Integrity Drive, Millington, TN 38055.  These provide a listing of anyone who reported on-board each day, anyone who left, anyone who did not report, and anyone who reenlisted.  They also include copies of the Officer Distribution Control Report (ODCR) and the Enlisted Distribution Verification Report (EDVR).  Individuals are listed by name, rank/rate and social security number.


            If there were any accident or safety investigations associated with the incident or any resulting injuries to crewmembers, records of these investigations would be in the custody of the Commander, Naval Safety Center, Code 055, 375A Street, Norfolk, VA 23511. To request these records, contact their FOIA staff via email at safe.foia@navy.mil. Please provide as much information as possible about the incident.


            The National Archives does not have oral histories or personal accounts from the event. We searched the Library of Congress’s Veteran History Program for “USS America” under the categories “Persian Gulf War, 1991”, “Cold War” and “Other” and located 52 results. We also suggest asking the previously mentioned Naval History & Heritage Command about the Navy’s oral history programs.  Additionally, you may wish to contact veteran associations such as the USS America Carrier Veterans Association, online forums and social media groups for Navy veterans, and websites for locating former shipmates in order to locate former crew members of the USS America.


            In regards to press coverage, we suggest that you contact the Navy Times, the Military Times, any newspapers from the USS America’s home port, and other military oriented press outlets to inquire about back issues. You also may wish to contact other major newspapers with a more general coverage (such as the New York Times and the Washington Post) to inquire about back issues. The Library of Congress provides the U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present that can help identify what titles exist for a specific place and time, and how to access them.


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