That makes sense, given what snippets my dad mentioned about grandpa. Dad was insistent that his father was often found on the 20mm and that Gramps demanded the sights be removed – that he could aim better without them. I remain agnostic on the veracity of that, but hey.
As to the logs, yes indeed. I was quite pleased and surprised by the relative speed with which the National Archives worked with me. I’m convinced that having the exact names and date ranges had to have helped. I was able to specify in my request everything I sought, down to the correct box numbers. So I encourage other researchers to probe as far as they can before contacting NARA. Your essay/reply of 11/6/2021 contains just about everything one needs to know in order to begin – or at least, if you know which ships’ info you seek.
Here’s the timeline I experienced. Like a mutual fund has to say, “Past performance is no guarantee of future results.” I initiated a request via e-mail on 19 December 2021, and received a response on 4 January 2022. It was their response that clued me in to the existence not only of the Armed Guard Logs in Record Group 24: Records of the Bureau of Naval Personne4, but also the Armed Guard Reports [or Files] located in Record Group 38: Records of the Chief of Naval Operations. After promptly submitting the ship names and deployment dates, I received a quote on 14 January, specifying $0.80 per page with a $20.00 minimum -- $136 total for my grandfather’s three ships (the Deck Logs are missing from one of them). Fired off the payment and order form the next day. And the documents arrived on 17 February. Two months’ turnaround; pretty nice work by NARA.
Later, brother! To quote thee, “If you have additional questions, you know where to find me.”