posted on September 09, 2009 16:57
Research Deck Logs to Document Midshipman Cruise
Officers eligible for midshipman cruise credit must provide documentation to the Navy Personnel Command (PERS-912) that they performed the cruise. Documentation must show inclusive dates. If you do not have the appropriate documents in your personal papers, a possible source are historical deck logs. The National Archives at College Park, Maryland, retains the logs for the years 1950-1972. When you are in the DC area, you can arrange to visit the National Archives to research the logs for those ships on which you cruised. Prior to visiting, you need to call the National Archives at College Park customer service number at 1-866-272-6272 to schedule an appointment. You will be asked to specify which unit logs and timeframe you will be researching. When you arrive for your appointment, the logs you specified will be available for your review. A photo ID is required to gain entrance. You will be charged 15 cents per copy for copies that you make.
To research the logs 1973 to present, you need to contact the Deck Logs section at the Naval History and Heritage Command two days or more in advance of your planned visit. The phone number is 202-433-0824. Their web site contains information on researching and copying deck logs and cruise books. The Naval History and Heritage Command is located at the Washington Navy Yard.
Point of contact at NPC PERS-911C is Ms Lacy Null at 1-901-874-4021.
Mail documentation with a cover letter specifying the dates and points requested to:
Navy Personnel Command
5720 Integrity Dr.
Millington, TN 38054
Letter from an Association Member
“There is a fine chap named Jack Lopez who will research deck logs and/or muster rolls of Navy ships in the College Park, MD archives to find the names of midshipmen to document their days aboard for additional retirement points. He is efficient, knows his stuff and charges a reasonable fee. His contact info is:
Jack R. Lopez
12624 Orchard Brook Ter.
Potomac MD 20854
I couldn't be happier with Jack's services, rapid response and believe others will be, too. I recommend him highly”.