Appel, Albert, Jr., GM3c

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Last Rank
Gunner's Mate 3rd Class
Last Primary NEC
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1944, GM-0000, USS Turner (DD-648)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
GM-Gunner's Mate

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Philadelphia, PA
Last Address
5919 N 5th St
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Jan 03, 1944
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
North Atlantic Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
East Coast Memorial (Tablets of the missing) - Manhattan, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(cenotaph)

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 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1943-1944, GM-0000, USS Turner (DD-648)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty / East Bound Atlantic Transit
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty / East Bound Atlantic Transit
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty / East Bound Atlantic Transit
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty / East Bound Atlantic Transit
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Last Known Activity
 

The USS Turner (DD-648) conducted ASW exercises briefly at Casco Bay (an inlet of the Gulf of Maine on the southern coast of Maine, New England), before returning to Norfolk to join another transatlantic convoy. She departed Norfolk with her third and final convoy on 23 November and saw the convoy safely across the Atlantic. On 1 January 1944, near the end of the return voyage, that convoy split into two parts according to destination as Turner's previous one had done. Turner joined the New York-bound contingent and shaped a course for that port. She arrived off Ambrose Light late on 2 January and anchored.

 

While the ship was at anchor just outside the submarine net that protected
Then, at 07:42, a singularly violent explosion caused her to capsize and sink. The tip of her bow remained above water until about 08:27 when she disappeared completely taking with her 15 officers and 123 crewmen, including Commander Wygant, her captain.

After nearby ships picked up the survivors of the sunken destroyer, the injured were taken to the hospital at
Sandy Hook. A Coast Guard Sikorsky HNS-1 flown by Lt. Comdr. F. A. Erickson, USCG - in the first use of a helicopter in a life saving role - flew two cases of blood plasma, lashed to the helicopter's floats, from New York to Sandy Hook. The plasma saved the lives of many of Turner's injured crewmen. Turner's name was struck from the Navy list on 8 April 1944.


New York Harbor on the morning of January 3rd, 1944, the destroyer suffered a series of shattering internal explosions. By 06:50, she took on a 16- degree starboard list; and explosions mostly in the ammunition stowage areas - continued to stagger the stricken destroyer.

GM3 Appel was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 6508112

NOTE: It is unknown whether the USS Turner sunk due to an explosion caused by an accident or, as some sources state, that it was struck by a German torpedo.
   
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