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Douglas Martyn Brown


Able Seaman, RCNVR / RCN(R)


Born: 09 Jun 1925          Died: 19 Jun 2017


BROWN, Douglas Martyn - enlisted at HMCS Carleton, formerly known as the Ottawa Division of the RCNVR, before finishing his studies at Arnprior High School in Arnprior, Ontario. He travelled to Kingston for basic training and when completed he was sent to HMCS Cornwallis in Deep Brook, Nova Scotia to begin his naval training. The training consisted of boat handling, drills, self-defense, rope work and weapons training, he was then, in his own words, “put right on a ship as an ordinary seaman.”  AB Brown served in HMCS MEON, a River-Class frigate that was a convoy escort in the Battle of the Atlantic, participated in Operation Neptune and was also present at the Allied Invasion of Normandy. Promoted to Able Seaman, he was the # 7 Gunner on the 4-inch gun and while on duty he would be alert for aircraft attacks. He wrote letters home every day, kept a photograph of his sweetheart Helen with him at all times and had his arm tattooed with her name in bold blue ink. When he returned to Canada, Doug and Helen married, had 14 children together and celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. (Source: Arnprior & District Museum facebook page)


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