Hi again, gherkin,
Ok, here you go. The Naval Historical Foundation should be able to
find out if Robert Wise was on USS Aylwin DD-47 around 1918. You could
start by contacting the research department either by phone or email
(my first link), or, do the research yourself by contacting The Old
Military and Civil Records Branch, National Archives (my second link).
If you email the Foundation, make sure to include as much info as
possible to save them time in their search.
Naval Historical Foundation Research
"For specific research requests not covered by those FAQs, email or
call the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-678-4333. In
general, if staff research on the request will not take more than 15
minutes, we will be happy to provide a reply free of charge, and the
requestor can expect to receive that reply within two weeks. This is
especially applicable to individuals wanting a copy of a particular
Navy ship, and information about available photos of that ship.
For more in depth research needs, Mr. Reilly will be happy to discuss
the scope of information that may be available at the Washington Navy
Yard site of the Naval Historical Foundation and Center, and then
offer a research job proposal at $30 per hour and $0.40 per page for
documents reproduced. Research away from the Navy Yard, at the
National Archives for example, is available at $45 per hour, and the
same document reproduction cost."
According to the Naval Historical Center website, you can get crew
information by phoning The Old Military and Civil Records Branch,
National Archives (202-501-5385) for either the deck logs (officers)
or muster rolls (enlisted men).
How to obtain Crew Member Information
"The Naval Historical Center does not have custody of crew lists or
current addresses for former crew members. However, this information
can be compiled from several sources. The names of the officers
usually appear on the first page of each month's deck log. The
enlisted men assigned to a naval ship or command are listed on muster
rolls which were also submitted monthly."
"The Old Military and Civil Records Branch, National Archives, 700
Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20408 (202-501-5385) holds
copies of the deck logs from 1801 through December 1940, as well as
the muster rolls through 1938 in bound books."
Deck Logs (about)
You can also ask for the history of the USS Aylwin (Destroyer # 47, later DD-47)
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
805 KIDDER BREESE SE -- WASHINGTON NAVY YARD
WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060
see Fee Schedule for Duplication
Here are my other links to make them official:
USS Aylwin (Destroyer # 47, later DD-47), 1914-1935.
Renamed DD-47 in 1933
"The second USS Aylwin (DD-47) was the lead ship of her class of
destroyers in the United States Navy. She was named for John Cushing
"On 4 January 1918, Aylwin sailed for Queenstown, Ireland; and,
shortly after her arrival there, began patrolling out of that port.
However, shortly thereafter, she was detached to join British forces
operating from Portsmouth and Devonport, England, in conducting
Aylwin remained in European waters following the end of the war. On 26
December 1918, she sailed in company with Chester (Cruiser No. 1) for
an inspection tour of the Baltic ports of Germany."
Complement: 89 officers and enlisted
NavSource Online: Destroyer Photo Archive
DD-47 USS AYLWIN
Thanks again, I was happy to work on this for you.