Personnel Diary

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Personnel Diary

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Muster Roll, United States Navy


Korean War, 1950-1953


The Personnel Diary of the United States Navy, featuring the enlisted sailors on board the USS Paricutin. The muster roll lists the names, field or service number, ranking and change description on June 8, 1951.

A notable person listed is Charles Bourcier (1928-1996). He is listed as an Aviation Machinist’s Mate (Engine Mechanic) 3rd Class, which involved maintaining aircraft engines and their related systems. Born on October 18, 1928, Bourcier grew up in Ludlow, Massachusetts. He joined the United States Navy on January 08, 1946, serving as an Aviation Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class. He was honorably discharged on November 7, 1948, and reenlisted on July 21, 1950. Bourcier served on-board the USS Princeton (CV37) and the USS Paricutin as an Aviation Machinist’s Mate (Engine Mechanic) 3rd Class. After his second discharge, Bourcier returned to his hometown in Massachusetts before moving to Central Florida, where he worked as a swimming pool maintenance man. During his time in Central Florida, he took an active interest in the Boy Scouts of America, serving as a district chairman, a member of the Central Florida Boy Scout Council, and a mentor and confidant for local youth. After divorcing his wife, Alcina, he married Melanie Gay Conway, whom he remained with for sixteen years before they divorced. However, a few months before his death, the couple remarried. Bourcier fathered nine children, his sons Daniel, Steven, Keith, and Anthony, and his daughters Denise, Charlene, Amy, Camille, and Chanin. On September 17, 1996, Bourcier passed away at the age of sixty-seven. The Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida placed a memorial headstone in his honor.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program Project. The program engaged a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for k-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 gravesites at the Florida National Cemetery, where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.


Naval Transportation Service


Digital reproduction of original daily personnel diary.


Naval Transportation Service

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1 personnel diary





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Originally created and published by the Naval Transportation Service.

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Connolly, Lehman
Cravero, Geoffrey

External Reference

Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 9, 2017.
Black, Jeremy. World War Two: A Military History. London [u.a]: Routledge, 2003.