For the past two years, I have been making a monthly trip to the Archives II in College Park, MD to copy deck logs for the USS Midway (CV-41). I copy the deck logs to a thumbdrive and when I get back home, I upload them on to a virtual drive for the Midway. Volunteers transcribe the deck logs and add the names to the Master Crew List.
A few months ago, it occured to me (not being the brightest puppy in the kennel) that I could also copy the deck logs from a destroyer that my father was CO (Commanding Officer) of in the mid 1960s. It is fascinating to read the handwritten logs.
So far I have learned that they were one of the possible rescue ships for two Gemini missions, and that Dad seemed even handed when handing out punishments during Captain’s Mast. I had to chuckle at one of the Officer’s of the Deck (OOD’s) who consistently charged two sailors for failing to appear at Muster when the ship was at sea. The names would be written down and then crossed out.
I have not yet gotten to the logs that cover the ship’s round the world cruise, including on station time off Vietnam.
Once I get all of the decklogs copied, I plan to copy them to thumbdrives and give them to my siblings for Christmas. Since none of them know about this blog, much less read it, I think the gift will be a secret.