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Dear Ms. Ap,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and medical records of enlisted men of the U.S. Navy who were separated from the service after 1885 and before 1959 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. To request these records, please mail a completed GSA Standard Form 180 to NPRC. If there is any information requested by the form that you do not know, you may omit it or provide estimates (such as for dates), but the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
The combined list of Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard casualties in World War II, State Summary of War Casualties (Washington: Navy Department, 1946) consists of separate booklets for individual states and lists those men on active duty whose deaths were caused by enemy action or from operational activities against the enemy in war zones from December 7, 1941, to the end of the war. Casualties which occurred in the United States, or as a result of disease, homicide, or suicide anywhere are not included. Entries in the list include the name and rank of the decedent, and the name, address and relationship of his next-of-kin. World War II casualty lists are available online through the National Archives Website at https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/navy-casualties/index.html. We checked the listings for Pennsylvania and New York and did not find his name. We did not check all the states.
Navy and Marine Corps casualty records from 1940-1989 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For access to these records, please contact RL-SL via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Muster Rolls and Personnel Diaries of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, 1/1/1949 - 12/31/1971 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that includes at least 12 listings for Joseph Stanley Apryasz, service number 811 54 23, on the USS LST 493. The listings indicate that he enlisted 22 May 1943 in New York City, New York, and was received on board the ship on 4 January 1944. He last shows up on the muster rolls April 1945. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at Archives2reference@nara.gov.
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The muster rolls also may be viewed on Ancestry at U.S., World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949 with a paid subscription. Some libraries provide free access to Ancestry for their patrons.
Finally we located a page from the unofficial NavSource website that indicates the USS LST-493 was lost by grounding at Plymouth, UK on 12 April 1945.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
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Joseph Stanley Apryasz (8115423)returned to New York on the George Washington 11 June,1945 to the nearest rec. station.
Veterans Affairs Death File states:-
Death 14 Oct.,1985.
Enl- 30 May, 1943
Dis-04 Nov., 1945
He is buried in Flushing Cemetery.
Joseph Stanley Apryasz 1917-1985
Marriage Index show he married ANN Yankelwicz in Brooklyn during 1941.
Kings 1940 Census enumerated him as a stepson ( Ayoryasz or Apryasz).