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Canadian Destroyers that served in Korea Monument

Municipality/Province: Burlington, ON

Memorial Number: 35010-007

Type: Memorial wall; black stone

Address: 1400 Lakeshore Road

Location: Spencer Smith Park

GPS Coordinates: Lat: 43.323464   Long: -79.796291

Contributor: Victoria Edwards

The Canadian Destroyers that served in Korea Monument is dedicated to the memory of naval ships and sailors who served during the Korean War, and is inscribed with their names. Andy Barber and Ron Kirk, Navy veterans of the Korean War, spearheaded the four year effort to create a lasting memorial for the naval efforts in the Korean conflict. Veterans and community groups raise $80,000 and saw the idea through to fruition, with funding partly through the government’s Community War Memorial Program. Defence Minsiter Bob Nicholson, Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino, Colonel Choi Jang Min, Republic of Korea’s Defence Attaché, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly of Republic of Korea Jeong Kab Yoon, as well as several Canadian Korean War veterans, attended the unveiling on July 28, 2014. The ceremony in Spencer Smith Park on Burlington’s waterfront marked the 61st anniversary of the armistice to end the Korean war.

Memorialized on the wall are 8 destroyers that served in the waters off Korea from 1950 to 1955. Many of the 9 sailors who lost their lives, were lost at sea or buried in Korea – their families never had a place to mourn in Canada. Over 3,600 sailors served in the region during times of war and peace. A total of 516 Canadians lost their lives to defend the democratic rights of what is known today as the Republic of Korea.

The Royal Canadian Naval Ships Memorial Monument is also located here.

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Inscription found on memorial

DEDICATED TO THE EIGHT
CANADIAN DESTROYERS
THAT SERVED IN THE
KOREAN WAR AND
U.N. PEACEKEEPING DUTIES
1950 - 1955
H.M.C.S.

EN L'HONNEUR DES HUIT NAVIRES
DE GUERRE CANADIENS
QUI ONT SERVI DURANT
LA GUERRE DE COREE ET
LA MISSION DES N.U.
1950 - 1955
N.C.S.M.

ATHABASKAN DDE 218   CAYUGA DDE 219   SIOUX DDE 225   NOOTKA DDE 213

HURON DDE 216   IROQUOIS DDE 217   CRUSADER DDE 228   HAIDA DDE 215

KILLED IN ACTION / TUÉS EN COMBAT
QUINN, JOHN LOUIS  LT CDR   IROQUOIS DDE 217
BAIKE, ELBURNE ALEXANDER  AB   IROQUOIS DDE 217
BURDEN, WALLIS MCBURNIE   AB   IROQUOIS DDE 217

LOST AT SEA / DISPARUS EN MER
GAUTHIER, LEON ARMAND   AB   NOOTKA DDE 213
LAKER, FRANK RICHARD   AB   SIOUX DDE 225
MOORE, ROBERT JOHN   AB   SIOUX DDE 225
LISKA, VINCE   AB   CAYUGA DDE 219
SKAVBERG, ROBIN JENSEN  AB  ATHABASKAN DDE 218

DIED IN SERVICE / DÉCÉDÉ DURANT SON SERVICE
TORRAVILLE, IAN THOMAS   AB   IROQUOIS DDE 217

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
NOUS NOUS SOUVIENDRONS D'EUX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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