Deck Logs and Muster Rolls


The Modern Military Branch, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 (301-713-7250) has custody of the deck logs from 1 January 1941 through 1967, as well as microfilm copies of the muster rolls from 1939 through 1971. After 1956, a list of the officers is usually included with the muster rolls. The Modern Military Branch at College Park also has custody of the Bureau of Naval Personnel Casualty Files, which have the official list of Navy casualties for each World War II action. The Bureau of Naval Personnel lists of the World War II Casualties, which have been placed on microfilm and microfiche, can be ordered from the Naval Historical Center. By using the list of officers in the deck logs and the muster rolls, one can compile a list of the crew. Then by using the crew list and the list of Casualties the names of the survivors of a World War II ship or vessel can be created.

The deck logs from 1968 through 1978, and from 1990 to the present are at the Washington National Records Center, but access to them is controlled by the Deck Logs Section, Ships History Branch, Naval Historical Center, 805 KIDDER BREESE SE, Washington, DC 20374-5060 (202-433-0824). From 1979 through 1989, the logs only exist on microfiche which is held by the Deck Logs Section. For specific information contact the that office.

The muster rolls or crew rosters from 1972 to 1975, and from 1 October 1987 to the present are in the custody of the Navy Personnel Command (PERS-06P), 5720 Integrity Drive, Millington, TN 38055 [phone (901)874-3165].

The muster rolls or crew rosters from 1976 to 30 September 1987 are held by the Enlisted Personnel Management Center (Code 311), New Orleans, LA 70159-7900, ATTN: Personnel Accounting [phone (504) 678-5124].

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