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World War II War Diaries, compiled 12/07/1941 - 12/31/1945

ARC Identifier 305241 / MLR Number A1 353

Series from Record Group 38: Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 1875 - 2006

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Creator(s):Department of the Navy. Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. Office of Naval Records and Library. (07/01/1919 - 09/1947)
Type(s) of Archival Materials:Textual Records

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Inclusive Dates:12/07/1941 - 12/31/1945
Part Of:Record Group 38: Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 1875 - 2006
Includes: 1 item described in ARCSearch within this Series
Arrangement:Arranged into five subseries: the first and largest subseries consists of war diaries submitted by Navy commands; the other four, much smaller, subseries consist of war diaries submitted by military governments and occupation forces, Coast Guard units, Marine Corps commands, and joint (multi-national) commands.

The Navy commands subseries, the largest, is arranged roughly hierarchically, with fleet, theater and most area commands preceding numbered task organizations (task forces, groups and units). Task organizations are then followed by aviation commands; amphibious commands; battleship, aircraft carrier, cruiser, destroyer and surface escort commands; landing craft and landing ship organizations; mine warfare and motor torpedo boat units; service organizations; submarine commands; and training and transportation organizations. These are then followed by various sea frontiers, naval districts, and shore installations, and then war diaries submitted by individual ships. Each of these smaller segments is arranged alphabetically by name or numerically by unit designator.

Each of the other four subseries is also arranged roughly hierarchically, with large organizations preceding smaller commands. Typically, war diaries submitted by each type of command are arranged alphabetically by name or numerically by unit designator.

Entries in each war diary are arranged chronologically by date.
Function and Use:According to Pacific Fleet Confidential Letter 2CL-44, dated January 1, 1944, war diaries were identified by the Navy as "the principal means by which the day-to-day experience of the Navy is recorded for current study and future historical use."
Access Restriction(s):Unrestricted
Use Restriction(s):Unrestricted
Finding Aid Type:Container List
Finding Aid Note:A container list is available in the reference unit.
Finding Aid Source:NARA
Variant Control Number(s):Declassification Project Number: NND 968133
HMS/MLR Entry Number: A1 353
NAIL Control Number: NWCTM-38-WARDIARY
NAIL Control Number: NWDT2-38-WARDIARY
Lifecycle Tracking Information 
Accession Number(s):NN3-038-096-001



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