3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 7, 2021 6:43 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking passenger & crew lists of USS Henrico (AP-45)

    Caroline Gill Newbie

      How can I access the passenger and crew lists for USS Henrico AP-45 for the year 1945?  I am looking for the passenger and crew lists for the USS Henrico AP-45 that transported troops from the Pacific back to the US at the end of the war, especially the records for September - November 1945.

        • Re: Seeking passenger & crew lists of USS Henrico (AP-45)
          Jason Atkinson Pioneer

          Dear Ms. Gill,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Muster Rolls of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, 1/1/1939 - 1/1/1949 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that include the muster rolls Henrico (APA-45), 11/26/43-1/1/49. These records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. Although muster rolls generally do not include passenger lists, we located some passenger lists mixed in with the muster rolls for the USS Henrico. This is unusual since passenger lists were usually destroyed by the Department of the Navy after their initial administrative use. If you have any difficulty viewing the records, please email Catalog@nara.gov for assistance. 

           

          Please note that the ship’s officers were not listed in the muster rolls, but were instead listed in rosters attached to the deck logs.  The deck logs also sometimes included information about passengers, however the level of detail varied greatly. 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 Henrico (AP-45) for 1945. These records are not available online. For more information, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email 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 is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

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            • Re: Seeking passenger & crew lists of USS Henrico (AP-45)
              Caroline Gill Newbie

              Thank you so much for this. Would his name display on these records if he was being transferred for honorable discharge? I have a date for him being received onboard for transportation on 7 October 1945 and stamped in Norman Oklahoma on 30 October but can't match this up with these records. Many thanks

                • Re: Seeking passenger & crew lists of USS Henrico (AP-45)
                  Jason Atkinson Pioneer

                  Dear Ms. Gill,

                   

                  Thank you for posting your follow-up request on History Hub!

                  Normally, muster rolls from this time period only list enlisted Navy sailors assigned to a ship.  The RDT2 staff have encountered examples of Navy sailors being listed when they were assigned to a ship on a short term basis for the purpose of being transferred to another duty station or ship, to include those being transferred to their final stations before discharge.  In this case, there were also at least some passenger lists interfiled with the muster rolls for 1945 which the staff located while spot checking the muster rolls. Most of the lists located in their sampling were for Navy personnel. Staffing limitations prevent RDT2 from reviewing all 688 pages of the ship’s muster rolls for you. They also do not know if there may have been additional passengers not recorded on the lists that were filed with the muster rolls, nor are they aware of any other sets of records that might include information about passengers in the deck logs we already mentioned.  Most passenger lists were destroyed by the Navy after initial administrative use.

                   

                  We hope this is helpful.