Some random and some not-so-random thoughts on family history.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Naval Muster Rolls, 1938-1949
I've been wracking my brain for a post and this topic popped up. I noticed last week that Ancestry.com had put up these Naval Muster Rolls, 1938-1949. Well, my dad was in the Navy and I even knew which ships he had served on. I knew his first ship was the AF-28 Hyades, a stores ship, and I knew the second one was the DE-704, Cronin, a destroyer escort. Early on in my researching my dad became interested in looking for his shipmates from the Cronin. He would have loved these muster rolls. He and his former shipmates searched for other crew members for all the years my dad belonged to the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association.
USS Hyades - AF 28
The first one, the Hyades, set sail for the first time on August 1, 1944. On June 28, 1945 my dad joined the crew of the Cronin and enjoyed a promotion to Fireman 1st Class (EM). He was transferred for discharge on April 3, 1946 to PSC, Great Lakes, Illinois.