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Hough Arnold Nordlund


Lieutenant, O-55670, RCN(R)


Born: 17 Jul 1922, Central Butte, Saskatchewan


Died: 16 Dec 2016, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


NORDLUND, Hough Arnold - We are sad to announce the peaceful passing of our much loved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, brother, and lifelong best friend Hough Nordlund at 94 years of age. Hough was born in Central Butte, the third of nine children. His school years were spent in Kamsack and Punnichy where he completed his Grade 12 at the start of WWII. In spring 1940 at age 18 Hough and a friend rode a freight train to Saskatoon to enlist. He joined the Navy (RCNVR) undergoing training in Regina and St. Hyacinthe as a Wireless operator. Hough's operational tours started on coastal patrols along the British Columbia Coast in converted fishing boats and cruisers, (Crest and Prince Henry). In 1941 he was drafted back to Halifax onto the ALBERNI on escort duty joining mid Atlantic patrols escorting convoys mainly between Canada or the United States and Great Britain. In the winter of 1943-44 he was commissioned as an officer from "Below decks" taking Officer training at King's College in Halifax. He then sailed on North Atlantic convoy runs in frigates and destroyers (PENETANG and KOOTENAY) landing in England, Ireland, Malta, Murmansk Arcangle (Russia), Scapa Flow (Orkney Islands). Hough was wounded twice, once off the coast of Norway from coastal artillery and a second time at Omaha Beach while commanding a landing craft during the D-Day invasions on the Normandy beaches. Hough was discharged at the end of the war in the rank of Lieutenant-Commander. Hough was interviewed on his wartime experiences for The Heroes Remember project/Veterans Canada. He returned to Saskatchewan working several jobs (McLeods, National Film Board, Clark's wholesale and an underground miner at Flin Flon) as well as meeting and marrying the lovely Lorna Jean Berry. He then started his 38-year career with the Federal Department of Fisheries in Prince Albert, travelling extensively in Northern Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories. He was also very active in the Militia in Prince Albert serving many years as the Unit Quarter Master attaining the rank of Captain. He was happily married to the love of his life "Lorna Jean" for over 60 years. They have 4 children, Richard, Linda, Shirley and Cathee Nordlund and Avis Marion (died in infancy), 5 grandchildren, Jesse and Scott Redl, Kimberly Nordlund, Rylan and Alexa Berton, and 3 great-grandchildren. They moved into Riverside Terrace in January 2010. Sadly Lorna passed away in August and Hough then received exemplary care in the Intermediate Care Home. Hough spent the last year and a half of his life at Veteran's Village, Sherbrooke Community Centre where he received the most excellent care. The family would like to thank the wonderful caring staff at Veteran's Village for the dignity, compassionate care and love shown to our dear father. He leaves 2 sisters, Enid Campbell and Lois Elder. Hough was an honourable gentle man, much loved by his family and all whose lives he touched. His sense of humour is legendary and lives on in his children and grandchildren. He has been such a big part of our lives...we will miss him forever. "An Officer and a Gentleman". In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to CNIB, 1705 McKercher Drive, Saskatoon, Sask. S7H 5N6. Arrangements in care of Marten's Warman Funeral Home. (The Saskatoon StarPhoenix 19 Dec 2016)


Hough Nordlund served in the RCNVR during WW2 as a Wireless Telegraphist and accepted his commission from the ranks in 1943. After the war he transferred to the RCN(R).


Ships served in: (as a rating)





Ships served in: (as an officer)

HMCS KINGS - Appointed to Kings 04 Aug 1943 as a Prob SLt (S.B.), RCNVR, for Disposal or Under Training (Navy List Aug 1943)

HMCS SUDEROY V - Appointed to Suderoy V 01 Nov 1943 as a SLt, RCNVR (seniority 21 Jun 1943) (Navy List Feb 1944). Appointed A/Lt, RCNVR (Navy List Jun 1944)

HMCS PENETANG - Appointed to Penetang 25 Sep 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR (seniority 21 Jun 1944) (Navy List Nov 1944)


* Retired List as a Lt, RCN(R) (seniority 21 Jun 1944) (Navy List Jul 1946)

HMCS UNICORN (retired list) as a Lt, RCN(R) (Navy List Jan 1960)



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