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There was no USS Heyward, though similar names, and with WW II military and commercial ships it's important to be precise. Many commercial ships were pressed into service as military transports during the war.
There was a SS Thomas Heyward
And a USS Heywood
Both ship descriptions may give you a clue as to which you're talking about.
Sometimes, searching an individual name on ancestry.com, first in all collections then specifically in Immigration records will bring you to those on military and commercial ships as they've returned to the country.
This is a sometimes confusing website that lists the ships and itineraries of many WW II ship movements. Parts of it have a limit to how many searches you can make. I see that they have the Heywood, though not sure how much information is available.
Also just Google his name if you haven't and be sure to use the dropdown for Google Books.
Yes, my mistake it is the USS Heywood.
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Officer rosters for US Navy ships during World War II were usually attached to deck logs. We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1941 - 1983 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that include the deck log of the USS Heywood (AP-12/APA-6) for November 7, 1940 through April 12, 1946 . These records have not been digitized and are not available online. For more information, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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