(US) National Archives to Digitize US Navy and Coast Guard Deck Logs fr
From Jan Meisels Allen email@example.com@21:1/5 to All on Thu Aug 22 17:23:19 2019
The (US) National Archives announced they entered into an digitization agreement with the US Department of Veterans Affairs for US Navy and Coast Guard deck logs from vessels with Vietnam-era service.
US deck logs is a daily report of ship activity, including information regarding the ship's heading speed, locations and in some cases include information on combat operations, accidents, injuries, and other personnel events. The agreement covers the deck logs from 1956-1978.
There are 20 million images from the U.S. Naval and Coast Guard deck logs.
The project will support processing of veterans' claims, including those related to the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, and eventually facilitate increased access to these records by researchers in a digital
format without having to travel to a National Archives facility.
Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero said, "Our goal is to
support the processing of claims by the VA and enable sailors to relive
their tours online through the actual deck logs, to pinpoint where they served."
For those who served or have family who served during the Vietnam-era on US Navy or Cost Guard ships the information will have genealogical value.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee
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