Old 05-05-2008, 05:24 AM   #1
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Canada honours sailors lost during Battle of Atlantic
Canadians paid tribute Sunday to those who died in the Battle of the Atlantic, now viewed as the turning point in the Second World War. In Halifax, more than 100 people including veterans gathered aboard HMCS Sackville, which is the last remaining corvette from the war. About 600 people attended a ceremony at Ottawa's National War Memorial.
Among the veterans aboard HMCS Sackville was Roland Marshall, 80, who was an ordinary seaman during the battle.
"Canadians need to remember the kind of battle that has been fought in defence of Canadian values," Marshall said. "We never know when the navy will be needed again in some extreme conditions."
The Battle of the Atlantic began in 1939, after a German submarine sank a Montreal-bound passenger ship near Ireland.
In the years that followed, the Royal Canadian Navy lost more than 2,000 personnel and two dozen ships, including 10 corvettes.
The merchant navy lost another 1,700 sailors and more than 70 ships in the North Atlantic. Some 900 air force and army members also died in the struggle that pitted allied supply convoys against the German submarines that stalked them.
May 1943 is considered the turning point of the battle when Canadian and other allied ships began to take the upper hand against the U-boats.
Ashes of veterans committed to sea

The ashes of 26 veterans who served in various operations and military spouses were also committed to the waters off the city's Point Pleasant Park during Sunday's service.
In Ottawa, about 400 veterans, serving members of the armed forces, politicians and diplomats were joined by about 200 civilians at the National War Memorial.
Under leaden skies and chilled by a gusty wind, they read psalms, sang hymns and laid wreaths as Vice-Admiral Drew Robertson, the chief of maritime staff, looked on.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a statement praising the men and women who served during the war, saying their sacrifices are part of a Canadian legacy.
"During the Battle of the Atlantic, we became the guardians of those in need, and today we continue this noble tradition," he said.
Defence Minister Peter MacKay also issued a statement commemorating the fallen and extolling their resolve in the face of "conditions that many of us can't even imagine."
"We will not forget their courageous contributions."
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Old 11-04-2008, 03:48 AM   #2
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my grandfather spent most of the 5 yrs of world war 2 in the atlantic as well as the arctic. one of the ships he was on; the HMCS charlottown was sunk on the 11 of sept of 1942. i have nothing but respect for him every single canadian as well as allied soldier that were in both wars
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Old 11-06-2008, 07:52 AM   #3
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Alex :

A small bit of a gentle correction, on naval terms and useage, if you don't mind.

If you spell out HMCS, as Her Majesty's Canadian Ship------, then the word "the " is obviously not needed .

Because it would read as ...... The Her Majesty's Canadian Ship------.

Secondly, men served IN a RCN ship, but they served ON the Ocean.

Jim B. Toronto.
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