For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS ATHABASKAN R79 / 219

 

WE FIGHT AS ONE

HMCS Athabaskan 219 - 1952

Courtesy of Steven Hlasny

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Battle honours and awards:  Arctic 1943-44,  English Channel 1944,  Korea 1950-53

 

 

Laid down: 15 May 1944

Launched: 04 May 1945

Commissioned: 20 Jan 1948

Paid off: 1954

Re-commissioned: Oct 1954

Paid off: 21 Apr 1966

Fate: Broken up in 1970

 

The last of her class to be completed, "Athabee" was commissioned at Halifax on 20 Jan 1948, and sailed in mid-May 1948 for the west coast, where she trained new entries and officer cadets until the outbreak of the Korean War. She sailed from Esquimalt on 05 Jul 1950, for the first of three tours of duty in Korean waters, returning 11 Dec 1953, from the last of them. In Oct 1954, she emerged from an extensive conversion classed as a destroyer escort, and resumed her training role.  On 07 Aug 1955, while on a Pacific Training Cruise with HMCS Cayuga, HMCS Athabaskan docked at Long Beach, California, with a stowaway on board. Joycelyn Joan Pilapil, a 16 year old Hawaiian girl, had hid in the after awning stores and was discovered there the day after the ship sailed from Hilo. She was turned over to authorities in Long Beach and was eventually returned to Hilo. (Click here to read a newspaper article on Joycelyn Pilipil) In Jan 1959, HMCS Athabaskan left for the east coast to become part of a homogeneous Tribal class squadron.  In the summer of 1963, after completing a refit at Marine Industries, Sorel, Que, Athabaskan was acting a plane guard for HMCS Bonaventure, exercising in the North Atlantic. On completion of this exercise she was to proceed to Portsmouth for radar calibration. While so employed, she was fueling from the Bonaventure when the two ships collided. The Bonaventure received some minor damage, while Athabaskan's was more serious. Athabaskan proceed to Belfast, Northern Ireland for temporary repairs before proceeding to Portsmouth for radar calibration and permanent repairs. On 01 Mar 1964, Athabaskan rescued 34 of 36 crew members from the Liberian tanker Amphialos which broke up and sank approx 250 nautical miles south of Liverpool, NS. After five more years of training cruises and NATO exercises she was placed in reserve at Halifax and, on 21 Apr 1966, paid off for disposal. She was broken up at La Spezia, Italy, in 1970.

 

HMCS Athabaskan's tours in Korea:

 

1st Tour: Departed Esquimalt: 05 Jul 1950  //  Arrived in Op Area: 30 Jul 50  //  Departed Op Area: 03 May 51  //  Arrived in Esquimalt: 17 May 51

2nd Tour: Departed Esquimalt: 02 Aug 1951  //  Arrived in Op Area: 01 Sep 51  //  Departed Op Area: 21 Jun 52  //  Arrived Esquimalt: 09 Jul 1952

3rd Tour: Departed Esquimalt: 29 Oct 1952  //  Arrived in Op Area: 26 Nov 52  //  Departed Op Area: 18 Nov 53  //  Arrived in Esquimalt: 11 Dec 1953

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr James Sinclair Davis, RCN - 20 Jan 1948 - 28 Oct 1948

LCdr G.H. Davidson, RCN - 29 Oct 1948 - 25 Nov 1948

Cdr Morson Alexander Medland, RCN - 26 Nov 1948 - 14 Sep 1949

LCdr G.A. Powell, RCNR - 15 Sep 1949 - 14 Jan 1950

LCdr Thomas Stewart Reid Peacocke, RCN - 15 Jan 1950 - 12 Mar 1950

Cdr Robert (Bob) Phillip Welland, DSC, RCN - 13 Mar 1950 - 02 Jul 1951

Cdr Dudley Gawen King, RCN - 03 Jul 1951 - 23 Jul 1952

LCdr Harry Shorten, RCN - 24 Jul 1952 - 24 Sep 1952

Cdr J.C. Reed, DSC, RCN - 25 Sep 1952 - 20 Dec 1953

LCdr Harry Shorten, RCN - 21 Dec 1953 - 15 Feb 1954

LCdr Charles Edward Richardson, RCN - 25 Oct 1954 - 15 Jan 1956 

Cdr Philip Sydney Booth, RCN - 16 Jan 1956 - 05 Sep 1957

Cdr D.S. Boyle, RCN - 06 Sep 1957 - 01 Mar 1959

Cdr John Henry Gordon Bovey, DSC, RCN - 02 Mar 1959 - 10 Aug 1959

Cdr D.R. Saxon, DSC, RCN - 11 Aug 1959 - 25 May 1961

Capt Gordon Cheeseman Edwards, RCN - 25 May 1961 - 15 Mar 1962

Cdr Alexander Edward Fox, RCN - 16 Mar 1962 - 03 Jan 1963

Cdr Peter Robert Hinton, RCN - 04 Jan 1963 - 11 Aug 1964

Cdr James Young Clarke, RCN - 12 Aug 1964 - 21 Apr 1966

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

SKAVBERG, Robin Jensen

AB, 11021-E, RCN

Lost at sea - 27 Nov 1951

ZIMMERMAN, Edward Maurice

Electrical Artificer, 2nd Class, 50016-E, RCN

died - 28 Jun 1948 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Aikins, James Oliver

____-2012

Anderson, Hugh Lorne

____-____

Anderson, Ian Frank

1932-2007

Anslow, John R.B.

____-2009

Arnold, John Martin

1933-2014

Served in Athabaskan in 1964 as Lt, RCN

Attard, Alvero (Vero) Telesforo

1942-2012

Balfour, James Pascoe

1931-2017

Bartram, Vincent James

1919-2005

Barwis, Dewey Ira Charles

1924-2008

Bélanger, Marcel H.

1924-2016

Served in Athabaskan in 1948 as Lt, RCN

Bellamy, Allen Edwin

1930-2010

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War

Bolduc, Ramon

____-2012

Bonoyer, Roger Agenor

1922-2007

Boughton, Benjamin

1924-2008

Bovey, John Henry Gordon

1917-1989

Bowditch, William Watson

1918-2010

Bradford, Sydney Howard

1929-2016

Buckley, Charles

1924-2010

Burck, David

____-1998

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War

 

C-D

Chadwick, Edward Allan

1929-2016

Served in Athabaskan 1950-1951 as a LSLM

Clackson, Donald Richard

1935-2014

Clark, Lloyd Mansfield

1931-2006

Cormier, Clarence Noel

1938-2016

Costin, Frank William

____-2004

Dalton, Edward Victor

1930-2007

Daly, Gerald

1924-2006

Daunhauer, Joseph

1930-2009

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War (c 1950-1952)

Dedick, Walter Erwin

1930-2016

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War (c 1950-1952)

deRosenroll, Glen Michael

1926-2006

Didur, Norman John

____-2003

Dobing, Sidney

1922-2013

Drent, Jan Jansz

1935-____

Served in Athabaskan in 1959 as Lt, RCN

Dubois, Bernard

____-2009

Dunbar, Hugh C.

____-____

Dziadyk, William Carter

1929-2012

 

 

 

 

E-F

Eaglestone, Donald Alfred

____-2013

Served in Athabaskan during 1st Korean Tour

Edney, Gilbert Roy

1929-2005

Edwards, Gordon Lewis

1931-2011

Egerton, Alfred William Gould

1932-2017

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War

Flanagan, Leonard George

1931-2013

Fortier, Louis-Philippe

1925-2015

Fox, Alexander Edward

1925-2001

17th Commanding Officer

Fraser, Robert Neilson

1933-2017

Served in Athabaskan 1952-1953 during the Korean War as an ABRP

Freeman, David Henry

1912-2001

 

G-H

Gallant, Ronald E.

1940-2009

Gammon, Bryan T.

1929-2008

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean war (c 1950-1952) as an ABQM

Geddes, Andre Jules

1929-2014

Geddes, William Leslie

____-2003

Grabowicki, Frank

____-2008

Greengrass, Frederick Charles

1930-2012

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean war (C 1950-1952) as a LSCD

Guy, Rex Geoffrey

____-2006

Hayward, Robin Blakeney

1920-2006

Drafted to Athabaskan 01 Jul 1951 as Lt, RCN, XO

Heans, Robert Pattison

1931-1994

Heminger, William David

1931-2012

Hendrickson, Melvin Lawrence

1929-1993

Himsl, Francis

1922-2007

Served in Athabaskan in 1959 as Electrical Officer

Hinton, Peter Robert

1921-2008

18th Commanding Officer

Hobbs, John Edward

1925-2016

Served in Athabaskan as XO

Holtsman, Donald G.

1927-2012

Howarth, William

1923-2016

Hughes, George William

1931-2009

 

 

 

I-J

Jenson, George Andrew

1923-2017

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kelly, George

____-____

Kennedy, William Carter

1922-2011

Kirkaldy, Lawrence

1931-2006

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War as a Radioman

Kirwin, James Terrance

1941-2010

Kovits, William Charles

1934-2015

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War

Leir, Richard Hugh

1921-2015

Served in Athabaskan 1949-1951 as OpsO during 1st Korean tour

Lory, Donald Clarence

1929-1995

Served on Athabaskan during the Korean War (C 1950-1952) as a Signalman

Luna, Kay

1928-2014

 

 

M-N

MacKenzie, James Edward

1927-2008

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean war (C 1950-195) as a Communicator

MacLean, Owen K,

1933-2015

McLeod, Laverne Donald

1930-1933

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War (C 1950-1952)

May, Nelson C.E.

1932-1996

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean war as a LSAA

McCulloch, Paul Lancelot Steele

1927-2009

Drafted to Athabaskan 03 Jul 1950 as Lt, RCN

Melenka, Edward Fred

____-2006

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean war

Michalko, Orest Paul Ray

1925-1995

Served in Athabaskan 25 Oct 1954 - 03 Jan 1955 and 30 Mar 1955 - 29 May 1955 as PO1 Naval Storesman

Niven, Beverly Yearsley

1916-2005

Served in Athabaskan during WW 2

 

 

O-P

Paterson, William Argyle

1930-2007

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War (C 1950-1952)

Parsons, Harvey

1936-2016

Patterson, Donald Victor

1942-2016

Served in Athabaskan in 1964 as an AB

Paul, Robert James

1919-2010

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean war

Peterson, Raymond

1927-2013

Q-R

Radley, John Ernest

1922-2016

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War (C 1950-1952) as a Sig

Rhymes, Reginald Heber

1926-2006

Served in Athabaskan 09 Nov 1964 - 22 Nov 1964 as a P1SN3, RCN

Richardson, Charles Edward

____-1984

11th Commanding Officer

Robertson, Neil Stuart

1930-2017

Served in Athabaskan in 1963

Rombough, Ashur

1940-2014

S-T

Schroth, Robert Murray

____-1971

Sears, George Elms

1931-2015

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War (C 1950-1952) as a LSAA

Shimmin, Robert Allen

1924-2012

Shorten, Harry

____-1986

8th Commanding Officer

10th Commanding Officer

Spencer, Alan

1930-2016

Staicue, Roy

____-2017

Still, Wilfred Eric

c1926-1987

Drafted to Athabaskan 23 Mar 1950. Served in Athabaskan for 1st Korean War tour and part of the 2nd tour.

Swonnell, Horace Walter Edwin

1912-2000

Tassell, Allan

1923-2016

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War (C 1950-1952) as a TAS

Tate, David Henry

1931-2015

Served in Athabaskan in 1962 as LCdr, RCN, Weapons Officer

Thibedeau, Francis Joseph

1930-2012

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War

Turnbull, David Thomas

1930-2016

Served in Athabaskan during the Korean War (C 1950-1952) as a LSQM

 

 

 

W-X

Walls, Bertram Robert

1920-2005

Warner, Francis Edward

1918-2015

Welland, Robert Philip

1918-2010

Witwicki, Anthony

1927-2006

Wood, Lewis Albert

1919-2008

Served in Athabaskan during WW2

Y-Z

 

Yates, Eugene W.

1932-2003

Served on Athabaskan during the Korean war (c 1950-1952) as a LSSM

Zerbin, Helmut

1927-2016

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Berry, Gordon - 1950-1951

 

Broster, Gordon Arnold (Art), 8353-E, RCN - 1953

 

Edgar, Frank, LS, RCN - 1964

 

Clarke, P2AA2, RCN - 1950 - 1951

 

Colley, George, P1ET - c 1950 - 1952

 

Corbett, Ed - 1950 - 1951

 

Corkum, Ivan, LS - 1961

 

Dalton, John - 1950 - 1951

 

Day, George, LSFC - 1961

 

Dice, Bill, Stoker, RCN - 1964

 

Ellis, Jake - 1950 - 1951

 

Emmerson, Ron, CPO, RCN - 1951

 

Evans, Roger Albert, A/Lt, RCN - 31 Jul 1951

 

Gabel, William (Butch), Stoker - 1st Korean Tour 

 

Gallagher, (??), OS - 1961

 

Griffon, Richard, AB, RCN - 1951

 

Hamilton, John William, Lt (E), RCN - 16 Jul 1951

Harling, E., LM - c 1950-1952

 

Harrah, Nute - 1950 - 1951

 

Hodgkin, William Leonard, Cd/Gnr, RCN - 21 Jul 1948

 

Hornosty, P1GA3, RCN - 1950 - 1951

 

Howard, Gordon - 1950 - 1951

 

Jackson, P1ET4, RCN - 1950 - 1951

 

Jenkins, Owen, Stoker, RCN - 1964

 

Klause, L.J., LM - c 1950- 1952

 

Knipstrom, Ed, AB - 1953

 

Kullman, Leroy, AB - 1953

 

Lecuyer, P1QR2, RCN - 1950 - 1951

 

Ledingham, R.J. - c 1950 - 1952

 

MacNeil, B.J., ABFC - 1961

 

Madiuk, J., RT - c 1950 - 1952

 

Manore, John Irwin, A/Slt, RCN - 14 May 1948

 

McNevin, Sidney, PO, RCN - 1964

 

Miess, Richard, Stoker, RCN - 1964

Moore, Art D. - 22 Dec 1961

 

Newton, LM - c 1950-1952

 

Olsen, Lt - 1950 - 1951

 

Orrick, Robert, SG - c 1950 - 1952

 

Peatman, John - 1950 - 1951

 

Pemberton, (??), OSFC - 1961

 

Perry, Kenneth, PO, RCN - 1951

 

Pollock, Dick - 1950-1951

 

Ramsey, Robert Bruce, Surg/Lt, RCN(R) - 02 Jul 1950

 

Rennnie, G.C., ET - c 1950 - 1952

 

Revfem, Erik, LCdr (E), RCN - 11 Jul 1949

 

Rose, Donald C. (Bud)

 

Scott, Cam, RCN - 1964

 

Smythies, Dudley Raymond, Lt, RCN -01 Apr 1947 (Stand by) XO

 

Sturgeon, Clarence Alfred, Lt, Ordnance Officer - 1950-1951

 

West, Chris Alfred, Surg Lt, RCN - 30 Jul 1951

 

Photos and Documents

 

RCN Memories

Trials and Tribulations

 

Links

Pesonal photo gallery of Norman Didur

Personal photo gallery of Orest Michalko

Personal photo gallery of Reginald Heber (Smokey) Rhymes

Personal photo gallery of Sid Dobing

Ship's company photos for HMCS Athabaskan

 

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