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HMCS CRUSADER R20 / 228

 

BY THIS SIGN WE CONQUER

HMCS Crusader 228, May 1952

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

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Laid down: 15 Nov 1943

Launched: 4 Oct 1944

Commissioned: 26 Nov 1945

Paid off: 15 Jan 1960

Fate: Sold for scrapping in 1963

 

In Jan 1945, after a year's discussion, the British Admiralty agreed to lend the RCN a flotilla of "C" Class destroyers for use against the Japanese. The Pacific war ended, however, before any of the eight ships had been completed, and only two were transferred. The previous ships to bear their names, Crescent and Crusader, had been lost during the war as HMC Ships Fraser and Ottawa; this time they retained their names although the transfer was made permanent in 1951. Crescent and Crusader were virtually identical to Algonquin and Sioux, differing principally in having only one set of torpedo tubes and in being armed with 4.5-inch guns instead of 4.7-inch. Both ships were commissioned on the Clyde in 1945, Crescent on 10 Sep 1945 and Crusader on 15 Nov 1945. Crusader arrived at Esquimalt in Jan 1946, having made the journey via the Azores and the West Indies and was almost immediately paid off into reserve, a state in which she was to spend several years. After being brought out of reserve, Crusader carried out two tours of duty in the Korean theatre, the first between Jun 1952 and Jun 1953 (click here to read her operational report for this deployment), the second after the armistice, from Nov 1953 to Aug 1954. Reverting then to her former training role, she was paid off on 16 Jan 1960, at Halifax. She had earlier served as a test vehicle for a prototype VDS (variable depth sonar) outfit, a more permanent installation of which was made in Crescent in 1960. Crusader was sold for scrapping in 1963.

 

HMCS Crusader's tours in Korea:

 

1st Tour: Departed Esquimalt:  25 May 1952  //  Arrived Op Area:  21 Jun 52  //  Departed Op Area: 18 Jun 53  /  Arrived Esquimalt: 01 Jul 1953

2nd Tour: Departed Esquimalt:  18 Oct 1953  //  Arrived Op Area:  20 Nov 53  //  Departed Op Area:  15 Aug 54  //  Arrived Esquimalt:  03 Sep 1954

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr Michael Grote Stirling, RCN - 15 Nov 1945 - 01 Feb 1946

Cdr Harold Victor William Groos, RCN - 02 Apr 1951 - 02 Apr 1952

LCdr John Henry Gordon Bovey, RCN - 03 Apr 1952 - 07 Jul 1953

LCdr John Husher, RCN - 08 Jul 1953 - 20 Jul 1953

LCdr Herbert Hartley Smith, RCN - 21 Jul 1953 - 28 Aug 1953

LCdr W.H. Wilson, DSC, RCN - 29 Aug 1953 - 12 Sep 1954

LCdr Richard Hugh Leir, RCN - 13 Sep 1954 - 17 Mar 1955

LCdr James Butterfield, RCN - 18 Mar 1955 - 31 May 1955

Cdr Latham Brerton Jenson, RCN - 01 Jun 1955 - 05 Jul 1956

Cdr Neville Spencer Charles Dickinson, RCN - 06 Jul 1956 - 14 Jul 1957

Cdr Frederick (Freddie) Wilcox Herebert Bradley, RCN - 15 Jul 1957 - 14 Dec 1958

LCdr A.J. Tanner, RCN - 15 Dec 1958 - 11 Aug 1959

LCdr Christopher Gratrix Pratt, RCN - 12 Aug 1959 - 15 Jan 1960

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Allen, Alexander Paul

Cox'n on Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour

Arkle, James

____-2003

Baker, Ernest Sheppard

1923-2011

Beaver, Kenneth

1928-2014

Beaudry, Roger Albert

1934-2013

Served in Crusader as ABMA

Bernard, Pierre Yves

1918-2015

Bing, John Blythe

1920-1989

Boughton, Benjamin

1924-2008

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour LSAAS

Bovey, John Henry Gordon

1917-1989

3rd Commanding Officer

Butterfield, James

1922-2009

C-D

Cain, Arthur

1925-2001

Served in Crusader as LSQM1

Callaghan, Brian

1934-2013

Served in Crusader during 1953-1954 Korean tour

Chorneyko, Oleh

1928-2007

Colclough, Frederick John

1931-2003

Cook, Fred C.

1926-2015

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korea tour as LSLR1 on 4.5-inch guns

Cowan, Stanley

1926-2011

Bond, Jean-Noel

1931-2017

Dark, Gordon

1916-1995

Served in Crusader as C1CK

Davey, William Arthur

1933-2012

Served in Crusader in 1957 as Slt, RCN

Davis, Stanley William

1930-2017

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as a LSCV1

Drent, Jan Jansz

1935-____

Served in Crusader in 1959 as Slt, RCN

Driemel, Harry H.

1997-2002

Served in Crusader as a P1SM

 

 

 

E-F

Finch-Field, Ronald Clayton

1927-2006

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as P2PW2

Fisher, Eric

1936-2017

Fortier, Louis-Philippe

1925-2015

Served in Crusader during 1953-1954 Korean tour as C1AW

Fraser, Robert Neilson

1933-2017

 

G-H

Gigg, Edmund Gilbert

1924-2013

Served in Crusader in 1945 as Lt, RCN

Gold, A.

1919-1986

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as C2LR2

Gordon, E.

1927-1997

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as P2EG3

Gordon, Raymond Turner

1929-2015

Grant, Harold

1927-2015

Graves, D.

1919-1999

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as C2GI3

Groos, Harold Victor William

1912-1987

2nd Commanding Officer

Hall, Alan Lancelot

1925-2010

Served in Crusader as P1TA

Hall, Gordon Frederick

1925-2015

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as P1ER4

Harris, J.

1929-2008

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as LSSM1

Hatten, Gordon Daryl

1928-2013

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour  as P2SM2

Hendry, Ian G.

1932-2017

Henry, Vincent

1922-2007

Served in Crusader as SupplyO during a Korean tour

Hill, David

1931-1995

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as ABVS1

Hoover, A.

1934-2012

Houghton, L.

1919-2009

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as C2ER4

Howarth, William

1923-2016

Howe, N.

1923-1971

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as LSRCS

Hughes, William Andrew

1927-2013

Served in Crusader in 1954

Hunter, Douglas Howard

1932-2006

I-J

Irizawa, Masahiro

1931-2002

Jack, Andrew McQueen

1919-1987

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour C2SM3

Jenson, Latham Brerton

1921-2004

9th Commanding Officer

Johnson, John Lewis

1932-2017

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as an ABLW1

 

K-L

Kennedy, William Carter

1922-2011

Knight, William Stanley

1932-2016

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as ABRPS

Langlois, Howard Francis Sr.

1931-2002

Langlois, Ted

1927-2006

Served on Crusader as P2SM

Leir, Richard Hugh

1921-2015

7th Commanding Officer

Lourme, Ernest Patrick

1929-2013

 

 

 

 

M-N

Macey, Robert

1939-2010

MacLean, Forbes Ralph

____-2015

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as P2SM2

Maloney, Gerald James

1930-2015

Mathews, J.

1922-2000

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as C1RT4

McCavour

____-____

McDowell, Russell Robert

1920-2010

Served in Crusader as C1ST

McFarlane, Robert Gordon

1933-2007

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean Tour as ABLRS

McInnis, Ronald Reginald

1929-2006

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as ABQMS

Moore, Clifford Allan

1931-2013

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour ABAAS

Morino, Maurice

1921-2011

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as P1SM3

Nieforth, Angus Walter

1938-2010

Northeast, Aquilla

____-____

 

 

 

O-P

Peterson, Dolphus Mason

____-1993

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as ABRPS

Pringle, J.

1925-2001

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as LSRC

Powell, R.A.

____-1983

Served in Crusader during th3 1952-1953 Korean tour

 

 

Q-R

Quick, Fred Albert

____-2016

Reiter, Karl Harold

1933-2014

Reynolds, Harry

____-____

Served in Crusader as ABNQ

Rustulka, Mike

1932-2010

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as an AB(NQ)S

 

S-T

Schibler, Leonard Clifford

1931-2014

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as ABLRS

Speed, Ronald Dick

1925-2008

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as P1RP2

Spencer, James

1928-2007

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean Tour as P2ER3

Steel, John Neilson

1924-2006

Smith, S.

1920-1992

Served in crusader during the 1952-1952 Korean tour as C2ER4

Taylor, Robert Dewey

1920-2010

Therault, E.

1930-1997

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as LSCK1

Tudor, Maurice McKee

1918-2004

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean Tour as P2ET

 

 

W-X

Walker, George Edward

1930-2004

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as LSQRS. Later re-mustered to Victualling Storesman.

Walsh, Gerald Francis

____-2017

Watkins, Charles

____-2015

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour LSQR1, Captain "Y" gun.

Worth, Ernest

1918-1994

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean tour as C1SM3

Wulowka, Olie Ernest

1929-2004

Served in Crusader during the 1952-1953 Korean Tour as ABCR1

 

Former Crew Members

 

SC52 = 1952-1953 Korean tour

Ackerman, F., LSVS1 - (SC52)


Adderson, J., LSSM1 - (SC52)


Agnew, I., P1ET4 - (SC52)


Allen, J. - (SC52)


Amy, M., AB(NQ)S - (SC52) 


Anderson, J., ABSMS - (SC52)


Anderson, J.,C2ER4 - (SC52)


Armit, William, P2QM1 - (SC52)


Badenoch, A., ABTDS - (SC52)


Barley, A., ABQMS - (SC52)


Baskerville, D., LSRC1 - (SC52)


Beatty, D., ABSMS - (SC52)


Beaudry - (SC52)


Beck, W., ISAAS - (SC52)


Becken, ABLR2 - (SC52)


Beckwith, J., ABSM1 - (SC52)


Beneman, J., C2SW3 - (SC52)


Bennett, A., P2CV2 - (SC52)


Bennett, K., ABSM1 - (SC52)


Bernard, P., LSTD1 - (SC52)


Bewley, J., LSCR1 - (SC52)


Biship, C., ABLM1 - (SC52)


Black, J., LSCV1 - (SC52)


Blais, N., P1GA3 - (SC52)


Blaney, W., ABSM1 - (SC52)


Blenkinsopp, J., C2TD2 - (SC52)


Boddy, F., P1QR - (SC52)


Bon, J-N., ABAAS - (SC52)


Bone, R., P1ET4 - (SC52)


Booth, A., Lt - (SC52)


Booth, J., ABSM1 - (SC52)


Brigden, R., LSCK1 - (SC52)


Briskham, V., LSAAS - (SC52)


Brown, G., ABAAS - (SC52)


Browne, T., LSAAS - (SC52)


Bryan, L., LSRP1 - (SC52)


Bryant, G., ABTDS - (SC52)


Buchanan, W., P1SM3 - (SC52)


Buckley, C., C2TI3 - (SC52)


Bulmer, C., AB(NQ)S - (SC52)


Cain, A., LSQMS - (SC52)


Cairns, W., ABCK1 - (SC52)


Campbell, C., ABAAS - (SC52)


Cartier, J., ABSM1 - (SC52)


Cherwack, W., ABSM1 - (SC52)


Cherwoniak, N., ABAAS - (SC52)


Chester, J., ABRPS - (SC52)


Christiansen, W., ABAAS - (SC52)


Clark, A., ABRPS - (SC52)


Clarke, E., C2SM3 - (SC52)


Clement, A., LSEG3 - (SC52)


Cochran, D., ABRCS - (SC52)


Cole, D., P2QR1 - (SC52)


Cole, W., P1AW3 - (SC52)


Cook, A., ABQR1 - (SC52)


Coon, G., ABSM1 - (SC52)


Copas, F., Lt - (SC52)


Copland, K., C2ER4 - (SC52)

 

Corner, Alfred Rogers 


Cosby, D., P2CV2 - (SC52)


Crawford, M., LSEF3 - (SC52)


Crayford, R., AB(NQ)S - (SC52)


Crothers, C., LT (S) - (SC52)


Dark, G., C2CK3 - (SC52)


Davidge, E., ABRPS - (SC52)


Davies - (SC52)


Davis, J., ABCR1 - (SC52)

 

Davidige, Eldon - Korean war


Dawson, R., P2PT1 - (SC52)

 

Day, Lee, AW, RCN

 

Dodds, E., C2QR2 - (SC52)


Dorken, R., CD Gnr (TAS) - (SC52)


Driemel, H., P1SM2 - (SC52)


Drinnan, S., ABCR1 - (SC52)


Duggan, A., LSCR1 - (SC52)


Dunphy, G., ABSM1 - (SC52)


Dyson, G., C2SH4 - (SC52)

 

Elias, G., ABCK1 - (SC52)


Elvidge, R., ABTD3 - (SC52)

England, C., P2SM2 - (SC52)

 

Ewald, F., C1ER4 - (SC52)

 

Faa, H., P2ED3 - (SC52)

 

Foley - (SC52)

 

Foley, H., LSQMS - (SC52)

 

Ford, G., ABRPS - (SC52)


Frankenfield, T., P2RC1 - (SC52)

 

Fraser, S., ABTDS - (SC52)

 

Gates, R., ABLM1 - (SC52)


Godard, G.J., LSSM1 - (SC52)

 

Gold, Alfred, CBM (Buffer)


Goodwin, L., ABRCS - (SC52)


Goold, J., P2ER3 - (SC52)


Gosselin, P., P2CK2 - (SC52)


Gowel, C., ABTDS - (SC52)


Grant, R., LSTD1 - (SC52)


Graves, D., C2GI3 - (SC52)


Greenfield, W., ABTDS - (SC52)


Grodde, John, ABQMS - (SC52)


Hall, A., P1TA3 - (SC52)


Hamilton, W., ABSM1 - (SC52)


Henderson, A., ABVS1 - (SC52)


Hlasny, S., AB(NQ) - (SC52)


Holland, O., P2VS2 - (SC52)


Holness, D., LSAA1 - (SC52)


Hoover, D., ABSM1 - (SC52)


Hunter, A., LSCK2 - (SC52)


Husher, John, LCdr (G), XO - (SC52)


Hutchings, W., C2SM3 - (SC52)


Inouye, Y., LSQRS - (SC52)


Jamieson, R., ABSM1 - (SC52)


Jesney, W., AB(NQ)S - (SC52)


Johnson, D., LSEM1 - (SC52)


Johnston, M., P2AA1 - (SC52)


Jones, G., AB(NQ) - (SC52)


Jones, K., LSRPS - (SC52)


Jones. E., LCdr - (SC52)


Kanwisher, W., Lt (L) - (SC52)

 

Karagianis, Aubrey Constantine, Cd (E), RCN - 06 May 1946


Kazmiruk, G., ABSMS - (SC52)


Kelbough, Ken, LSLR1 - (SC52) 


Kelly, C., ABLM1 - (SC52)


Kendall, R., ABSW1 - (SC52)


Kennedy, P1EM - (SC52)


Keohane, J., LCdr (E) - (SC52)


Kochanuk, E., AB(NQ)S - (SC52)


Konsohrada, E., ABCV1 - (SC52)


Krilow, W., ABCR1 - (SC52)


Krueger, W., ABCR1 - (SC52)


Kruger, H., ABTDS - (SC52)


Lampert, D., ABAA1 - (SC52)


Langlois, L., P2SM2 - (SC52)


Langridge, H., ABRPS - (SC52)


Langton, R., C1CA4 - (SC52)


Larkey, D., C2CR3 - (SC52)


Larson, I., ABSMS - (SC52)


Lawrence, J., AB(NQ)S - (SC52)


Lewis, P., PSCR2 - (SC52)


Liesch, L., ABLRS - (SC52)


Livingston, R., ABLR1 - (SC52)


Logan, C., ABQMS - (SC52)


Loughran, P., LSAAS - (SC52)


Luther, I., LSTDS - (SC52)


MacDonald, D., LSCR1 - (SC52)


MacDonald,J., ABSM1 - (SC52)


Mallet, P2SM - (SC52)


Marchant, F. ABCK1 - (SC52)


Marshall, R., P1QR1 - (SC52)


Martin, J., AB(NQ)S - (SC52)


Matthews, C2RT - (SC52)


McCauley, C., ABLRS - (SC52)


McCoy, G., ABSM1 - (SC52)


McDowell, R., C2NS3 - (SC52)


McIsaac, AB(NQ)S - (SC52)

 

McLean, C., LSSW2 - (SC52)


McMullen., C., C2ET4 - (SC52)


McPherson, LSCK1 - (SC52)


Meads, J., C2CV3 - (SC52)


Meko, A., ABLM1 - (SC52)

Menu, M., ABSW1 - (SC52)

 

Miller, E., ABSMS - (SC52)

 

Minton, G., P1RT4 - (SC52)

 

Miron, E., ABRP2 - (SC52)

 

Miron, M., ABAAS - (SC52)

 

Morgan, K., P2SM2 - (SC52)

 

Moore, J., ABSW1 - (SC52)


Moore, W., ABAAS - (SC52)

 

Morrison, R., ABSM1 - (SC52)


Mortimer, S., P1ER4 - (SC52)

 

Mueller, E., LBAW2 - (SC52)


Murray, D., ABQMS - (SC52)


Nelson, J., ABTDS - (SC52)


Neuman, L., ABLRS - (SC52)


Norrington, B., ABTDS - (SC52)


Nyman, R., ABRPS - (SC52)


Olson, R., ABCV1 - (SC52)


Oshanek, J., ABSM1 - (SC52)


Overstud, P2ET - (SC52)

 

Parent, J., ABQMS - (SC52)


Parkins, T., ABCV1 - (SC52)


Parson, J., ABLM1 - (SC52)


Perrins, D., Ord Lt - (SC52)


Peterson, D., ABRPS - (SC52)


Picton, C., ABCV1 - (SC52)


Pinkus, P1GA - (SC52)


Potter, J., P2SW2 - (SC52)


Prichard, W., P1QR3 - (SC52)


Purdy, D., ABCK1 - (SC52)


Pyette, K., ABSMS - (SC52)

 

Raven, Donald - Korean war


Reid, R., P2PH3 - (SC52)


Reynolds, AB(NQ)S - (SC52)


Rice, R., AB(NQ)S - (SC52)


Richardson, K., ABRCS - (SC52)

 

Ridge, Samuel Archibald, A/Gnr (T), RCN - 11 Jun 1945


Robbins - (SC52)


Robinson, D., LSRP1 - (SC52)

 

Roche, George Vanstone, Lt (E), RCNVR - 29 May 1945 (Stand by)


Rosbert, E., ABQMS - (SC52)


Ross, F., LCdr - (SC52)


Ross, William T., ABAAS - (SC52)


Schleen, D., P2NS2 - (SC52)


Schrader, G., ABSM1 - (SC52)

 

Schleen, Donald C. 

 

Shaw, G., LSRC1 - (SC52)


Sherber, J., LSSWL - (SC52)


Simmons, A., AB(NQ)S - (SC52)


Simpson, J., Surg-LCdr - (SC52)


Smith, G., P2CR2 - (SC52)


Spicer, George, ABRCS - (SC52)


St. Pierre, B., P1RT4 - (SC52)

 

Stevens, LSEM1 - (SC52)


Stinson, G., ABRCS - (SC52)


Stuart, W., LCdr (ND) - (SC52)


Sutton, A., LSTDS - (SC52)


Sutton, F., ABQMS - (SC52)


Swedberg, J., LSSM1 - (SC52)


Tanner, A., LCdr - (SC52)


Taylor, R., ABAAS - (SC52)


Tease, L., LSRP1 - (SC52)


Thurmeier, J., LSNS1 - (SC52)


Trottier, L., ABSM1 - (SC52)


Tyler, R., C2GA4 - (SC52)


Van Hees, F., LSNS1 - (SC52)


Villeneuve, R., AB(NQ)S - (SC52)


Wadlow, A., P2SM2 - (SC52)


Ward, A., ABLRS - (SC52)


Weaver, S., ABRPS - (SC52)


Whatman, R., P1RP1 - (SC52)


White, Ken, ABRCS - (SC52)


Whiteman, A., ABLM1 - (SC52)


Wier, T., LSSM1 - (SC52)


Williams, C2CA4 - (SC52)


Willows, W., ABTDS - (SC52)


Willox, D., ABCV1 - (SC52)


Wilson, J., ABSM1 - (SC52)


Woelfle, F., P2CK2 - (SC52)


Wood, J., LSRW3 - (SC52)


Wyber, W., ABQRS - (SC52)

 

Photos and Documents

 

RCN Memories

Haircuts or Chastity Belts

 

Links

HMCS Crusader 1952-1953 Korean Tour Crew List

HMCS Crusader 1952-1953 Korean Tour - Operational Summary

 

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