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Joseph Yaroslavski

Seaman, Second Class, U.S. Navy

06506250

LST-342

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: July 18, 1943
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines
Awards: Purple Heart


SEAMAN SECOND CLASS JOSEPH YAROSLAVSKI was born in 1920. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dmitri Yaroslavski of Hay Street in Winslow Township NJ. He attended Hammonton (NJ) High school and the Camden County Vocational and Technical School before entering the Navy in June of 1942, after possibly having served in the United States Merchant Marine. He was serving as an Able Seaman on the USS William P. Biddle APA-8 in August of 1942, and was transferred to the USS Elizabeth C. Stanton AP-696 on September 4. The Biddle and the Stanton were U.S. Army transports. Joseph Yaroslavski received his basic traing while assigned to the Biddle, which was then stationed at Portsmouth, Virginia. He was subsequently assigned to the USS Elizabeth C. Stanton crew, and took part in her first mission, sailing from Norfolk on October 24, 1942, USS Elizabeth C. Stanton AP-696 quickly landed her troops and equipment for the assault on North Africa on 8 November and got underway for the States within the week. Joseph Yaroslavski was given the rank of Seaman 2nd Class while a member of the USS Elizabeth C. Stanton AP-696 crew. He was subsequently  assigned to another new ship, LST-342, in December of 1942.

LST-342 was a landing ship designed to deliver tanks during amphibious assaults. The LST-342 was built in the Navy shipyard in Norfolk Naval Yard, Virginia. SHe was laid down August 21, 1942, launched on November 8, 1942 and commissioned December 31, 1942.

On July 18, 1943 LST-342 was in Blanche Channel off New Georgia hit by a torpedo fired by Japanese submarine RO-106 at roughly Lat 9 3' S Long 158 11' E. The explosion broke the ship into two halfs, the bow remained afloat and the stern section sank immediately. The bow was towed to Purvis Bay (Tokio Bay) off Florida Island (Nggela Sule) and beached. Afterwards, useable equipment was salvaged then the bow was abandoned. The bow section remains beached at Purvis Bay. The bow and doors are exposed above the waterline with "342" visible on the bow and gray paint.

Seaman Yaroslavski was among those lost when the ship was torpedoed and sunk on June 8, 1943. Initially listed as missing in action, he was declared dead by the Navy one year and one day later. His death was reported in the September 29 and October 2, 1944 editions of the Camden Courier-Post.

Joseph Yaroslavski is memorialized at Greenmount Cemetery in Hammonton, New Jersey.

Only five members of LST-342's crew survived the sinking. One, "Mac" McKay, returned in August of 2011 to lay a wreath aboard the beach bow section in memory of his lost shipmates.

One of the officers aboard LST-342 was naval combat artist Lieutenant Commander McClellan Barclay, who was well known in the inter-war years as an artist and illustrator. He was among those lost.


The bow section of LST-342 - 1983

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