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Research about the Naval Armed Guard

The main records relating to the Merchant Marine and Naval Armed Guard during World War II are located at the at the Modern Military Records, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001, phone (301) 837-3510 .

 Armed Guard Reports - commander of Naval Armed Guard unit wrote a report of each voyage

 Bureau of Naval Personnel Casualty Files - contain folder on Armed Guard casualties for each merchant ship that was sunk or damaged during World War II

 The Tenth Fleet Records contain:

  1. The movement report cards for the merchant ships on which the Armed Guard served. The movement report cards list the ports of call, the dates of the visit, and the convoy designation, if the ship sailed in a convoy. The cards will tell the port where each voyage ended. The logs of the merchant ships are held at the nearest records center to the U. S. port where each voyage ended.
  2. Loss and damage reports for the merchant ships.
  3. Folders for the each convoy usually containing list of merchant ships in the convoy and the escort ships, report of convoy commodore, map of the route, and message traffic

Published: Wed Jun 04 14:40:54 EDT 2014