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Re: War Diaries for USS Frederick Funston

November 8 2010 at 6:04 AM
Nelson  (no login)


Response to War Diary's for USS Frederick Funston

Bob,

> That is correct. The response I received from the NARA in MD, is that the War Diary's begin with April 24, 1943 for the USS Frederick Funston. >

But....BIG BUT....it would NOT be correct for USAT Frederick Funston, her previous incarnation until April 8, 1943, when ownership was transferred from the army to the navy.

http://www.navsource.org/archives/10/03/03089.htm

As you indicate above, she was commissioned 16 days afterward and THAT'S why her war diaries survive from April 1943. I daresay that any USAT that served for the duration, without being transferred to the navy and thereafter commissioned, will NOT have either war diaries or deck logs surviving. The U.S. Army destroyed those documents decades ago, more's the pity. I had in mind war diaries for the period that she served as a U.S. Army transport, but it's clear they're no longer of this world.

Nelson

 
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