This is the Continuous Service Certificate that represents the naval service of Chief Water Tender William Tisdale. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1920 and was very close to having his retirement paperwork processed in 1941 when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred.
A number of these CSC books are known to have survived as they had been stored in a safe on board the ship. When the USS Arizona was salvaged after the attack, the safe was recovered and the CSC books were sent to the NOK or to the sailor himself if he survived. When I was at the NPRC earleir this year, I was researching a different USS Arizona casualty and saw the other sailors salvaged CSC book in his service record file ! The book had been sent to the man's wife, but she had moved so the book was returned by the Post Office back to the Navy and placed in his service record.
CWT Tisdale did not survive and is interred in the ship.
A CSC book was given to any sailor who applied for a CSC # after his first enlistment and subsequent re-enlistment. It was similar to a " service record" , but was the personal property of the sailor. You often see a sailors CSC # engraved on his Good Conduct medal.
Here is an example of a CSC book that is " not damaged ".
Here is what a CSC book looks like after it is damged during an attack and immersed in water .
The cover was removed from the CSC book before it was sent to CWT Tisdales wife. The green ink from the cover bled into the paper.
Edited by KASTAUFFER, 31 December 2008 - 03:15 PM.