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‘Joe the Crow’ and friend in 1950.
Crowsnest magazine photo courtesy of CFB Esquimalt
Naval & Military Museum

More than 26,000 Canadians took part in the Korean War between 1950 and 1953. These included many brave sailors who served on destroyers off the Korean coast. Several of these ships had animal mascots, including Alice the dog on the HMCS Cayuga. A Canadian sailor had rescued the stray pup from drowning and she quickly became a friend for the men. And sailors back then might even have come across “Joe the Crow,” the mascot of the naval training base HMCS Cornwallis in Nova Scotia.

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