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Russell (Biscuits) Dembiski


Leading Stoker, V41268, RCNVR


Born: 20 Jun 1914, Edmonton, Alberta


Died: 12 Feb 1994


DEMBISKI, Russell - Born on 20 Jun 1914 in Edmonton, Russell was the son of Steven and Dora (Karaychy) Dembiski. His mother arrived in Canada in 1902, and his father in 1906, both from Western Ukraine. Russell enlisted with the RCNVR in Edmonton, AB in June 1941. He took his basic training in Edmonton and his advance training in Victoria (Esquimalt), BC, attaining the rank of Leading Stoker. He was then posted to the east coast in 1942 and served on convoy duty in the North Atlantic onboard the Algerine class minesweeper Sault Ste Marie for two years. He was awarded the 1939-45 Star, the Atlantic Star and the CVSM with clasp. He received his honourable discharge in Halifax, NS in 1945. Russell joined the Montgomery Branch #24, Edmonton, AB in 1945, the Army and Navy Club for your years, Fort Saskatchewan Legion Branch in early 1949 and finally, in the latter part of 1958, he transferred to the Norwood Legion #178 in Edmonton. He served as an Executive member for 13 years from 1965 to 1979, serving in many capacities, and attained the offices of 1st and 2nd Vice President.


Ships served in:

HMCS SAULT STE MARIE - Russell is listed on the Sault Ste Marie's nominal roll for 15 Nov 1943 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR





(RD01) Russ Dembiski with Skippy, the ship's mascot for HMCS SAULT STE MARIE  (RD02) Six sailors on HMCS SAULT STE MARIE - Russ Dembiski 2nd from left  (RD03) Certificate presented to Russ Dembiski for his service during WW2



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