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Service information for: 

 

Gerald (Jerry) Sullivan

 

LS.AA2, RCN

 

 

Brief Service Auto-Biography

 

In December 1949 volunteered for the RCN at HMCS York, Toronto.

On the Morning of February 4th, 1950 I was sworn in to RCN at HMCS York. I was advised to be at Union Station, Toronto, by 10.30 that night properly dressed with an empty suitcase, civvies to be sent home.

I arrived at Cornwallis early Monday morning of the 6th, and we were marched to Galley for a breakfast of Red Lead & Bacon, (I still have a feed now and then). Marched to stores, stripped of all clothing even tooth brushes, given a severe haircut, packed all other belongings in suitcase to be sent home. Confined to barracks for two weeks, deemed unfit to mingle with rest of Ships Company.

In June 1950, I was drafted to HMCS Ontario and travelled to west coast via ship and rail. Served in Ontario with then Captain Hugh Pullen. He cleared decks almost every morning to announce we were going to join the fight in Korea, and Joe Stalin would tremble in his boots, "they will hear our guns in the streets of Moscow"!! Donít know about Stalin but it certainly had us concerned. In February 1951 I was drafted to Halifax, Stadacona. I left Victoria on a Tuesday morning, ship and rail to Halifax. I arrived in Toronto Friday afternoon to change trains - as Toronto was my home went home for the weekend. Resumed journey east on Monday morning, arriving Stadacona Main Gate late Tuesday afternoon and was promptly given 7 days cells AWOL. I was at Stadacona couple weeks before being drafted to Magnificent. I arrived aboard in time for supper with the Dog Watch hands, and we sailed for Caribbean next morning. I was in Magnificent until January of 1952 then Stadacona for AA 3 course. In March of 1952 I was drafted back to Magnificent, steamed many miles until January of 1954.

I was drafted ashore to HMCS Star, (Hamilton). What a collection of (Reserve) PRICKS!!! Served there until April, drafted to Stadacona for an AA2 course, by this time I was moved up to Leading Seaman.

April 1954, Stadacona on 2`s course. June 1954 class of AA 2s and AA 3s sailed in Micmac DDE 214 under command of Commander George (Trigger) Wadds, to qualify on 3" 50 Cal. Mount. Visited St, George`s Bermuda, and returned to Halifax. I was drafted to HMCS Star in August.

In January of 1955 I was drafted to HMCS York, Toronto. Was asked to re-engage, and if so would remain there for a year.

I was honourably released on February 3rd, 1955. I joined North York Police March 1st, 1955 which in 1957, was amalgamated into Metropolitan Toronto Police in 1957.

 

Short Police Yarn

 

Christmas Day 1955, my 1st, Christmas after leaving Navy and I`m working day shift. Family of four, two adults 2 children, travelling road North end of city attempted to out-run a passenger train, it was a tie. Wreckage, Christmas presents, toys, body parts strewn for ľ mile along the right of way.

I had 33 more Christmas' to go.

 

Ships served in:

HMCS YORK

HMCS ONTARIO - Jun 1950 - Feb 1951

HMCS MAGNIFICENT - Mar 1951 - Jan 1952  //  Mar 1952 / Jan 1954

HMCS STAR

HMCS MICMAC - Apr 1954 - Aug 1954

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