Muster Rolls

The following links will take you to a list of scanned pages from the Cumberland Sound Muster Rolls. The 1944 and 1947 Muster Rolls are from Ancestry.com. All Muster Rolls other than 1944 and 1947 were provided by Dave Smith, son of Roland C. Smith.

1944 Muster Roll (146 pages)
1946 April Muster Roll (16 pages)
1946 July Muster Roll (14 pages)
1947 Muster Roll (8 pages)
Misc. Muster Roll pages

The following is taken from Ancestry.com web site and describes the information found on Navy Muster Rolls:

This database contains U.S. Navy muster rolls and associated reports of changes for U.S. Navy enlisted personnel who served on U.S. Navy ships or in other naval activities between 31 January 1938 and 31 December 1949. Over 33 million records are contained in this database.

Muster rolls were quarterly lists of enlisted naval personnel attached to each ship, station or activity. Information usually available on muster rolls includes:

Name of enlistee
Rating (occupation/specialty)
Service number
Date reported for particular duty or on board
Date of enlistment
Name of ship, station or activity
Ship number or other numeric designation
Date of muster roll

It will be necessary to view the image of the muster rolls in order to obtain most of this information. Some of the records for personnel on aircraft carriers also include corresponding images of the ship.

Reports of changes were compiled monthly and are found in between each quarter’s muster roll. They were alphabetical listings of enlisted personnel who were subject to significant status changes during the month. Status changes included reporting to or transferring from the activity, promotions or demotions, change in rate, departing for or returning from leave, temporary attached duty, and formal inpatient status for treatment in a medical facility. Personnel deaths that occurred during the month were also recorded on these reports. Information usually available on these records includes:

Name of enlistee
Date of the change
Explanation of the change

The rolls may also list passengers aboard naval vessels, and officers may be found among passengers on troop transports. Women (including officers) of the Army and Navy Nurse Corps may be found on medical ships and as passengers aboard Navy ships and at some Navy shore installations. Wives and children of Navy personnel, as well as civilians, can be found among passengers as well.


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2 Responses to Muster Rolls

  1. Debra Twidle says:

    I found my grandfather on the muster roll. Quick, Calvin Sylvester. He had a neet little story. He enlisted and they made him a baker, so kitchen duty.
    A part of the ship got damaged and he was watching the men trying to repair it. He spoke up and knew how to fix it,as he had done welding before joining the Navy. As he tells it, the captain was so impressed that he was promoted to ship fitter 1st class. I will ask my mother if there are any photos I can share with you.
    I’m very curious now, was he at Bikini Atoll for the atomic tests? He kept getting cancerous lesions on his face in his later years, this would explain alot. Best to you, and thanks.

  2. Stephen Clay McGehee says:

    Cool story! If you have any photos you could share, we’d love to add them to the collection – it’s all part of the story of the Cumberland Sound and the men who served on that ship.

    I don’t know exactly how you would go about finding if he were present at the atomic bomb testing. It would probably have to be a matter of matching dates on the ship with the dates of the testing.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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