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RCN RCN (Royal Canadian Navy)
Motto: ‎Ready Aye Ready

The RCN expanded greatly during the Second World War. From its modest beginnings of six ocean-going ships and 3,500 officers and men (both regular and reserve) at the outbreak of the war, it grew into a large and capable fighting force. This was important as the navy was immediately called on to help. In fact, the navy was the main thrust of Canada’s war effort in the first two years of the conflict as German U-boats again made cutting off Allied shipping a top priority and the Allied navies had to find a way to protect the merchant vessels crossing the Atlantic Ocean so supplies could reach Europe.
HMCS Iroquois HMCS Iroquois


HMCS Iroquois was a Tribal-class destroyer that served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War and Korean War. She was named for the Iroquois First Nations. Iroquois was the first ship to bear this name and the first ship of the class to serve with the Royal Canadian Navy.

Iroquois served off Korea during the Korean War. She served three tours, the first from 12 June until 26 November 1952. It was on this tour that on 2 October 1952, the ship was hit by enemy shore batteries, killing 3 and wounding 10. These were the only Royal Canadian Navy casualties in the war. Her second tour lasted from 18 June 1953 until 1 January 1954 and the third took place later that year, from 22 August to 26 December 1954.

Battle Honours
Atlantic 1943 * Arctic 1943–45 * Biscay 1943–44 * Norway 1945 * Korea 1952–53
AB Burden Wallis Mcburnie
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: 17635-H
Born: Nov 13, 1930 Algoma, Ontario
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Korea
Service: RCN (Royal Canadian Navy)
Ship: HMCS Iroquois
Service Details :
HMCS Iroquois hit by enemy shore fire on Oct. 2, 1952

United Nations Service Medal Korea
The medal was earned for serving one day under United Nations' command in Korea or adjacent areas, including Japan and Okinawa. The medal could also be awarded for an aggregate of thirty days, which need not have been consecutive, spent on official visits of inspection to the qualifying area. The qualifying period was 27 June 1950 to 27 July 1954 (one year longer than for the Canadian Korean War Medal).
Canadian Korea Medal
Awarded to Canadian military personnel for one day on the strength of an army unit in Korea; or 28 days afloat; or one sortie over Korea by a member of the RCAF , 02 July 1950 - 27 July 1953.
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea
A former member of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army or the Royal Canadian Air Force is eligible to be awarded the medal where the member: 1. was in the Canadian armed forces during all or part of the period from 27 June 1950 to 27 July 1954: 2. was in the qualifying area (defined as Korea and the adjacent areas, including Japan, Okinawa and Korean waters); and 3. during the period referred to in (a), 1. was on the strength of an army unit or formation in Korea for at least one day; 2. was on active service for at least 28 days on a ship or craft engaged in operations in the qualifying area; 3. flew one sortie over Korea or over Korean waters in the Yellow Sea or Sea of Japan, or: 4. accumulated at least 28 days service in the qualifying area.The medal may be awarded posthumously. There is no bar to this medal.

Service Notes: While on a patrol off the east coast of Korea on October 2, 1952, HMCS Iroquois was trading fire with an onshore gun battery when the destroyer took a direct hit. Three Canadian sailors were killed and ten were wounded in the explosion, our navy’s only combat-related fatalities of the Korean War.
Enlisted: May 17, 1951 Ottawa, Ontario
Pre/Post War:

Deceased: October 02, 1952 at
Cemetery YOKOHAMA War Cemetery Yokohama, Japan
Marker: Plot D Row C Grave 5
Obituary: Son of Mrs. Frances Coulter of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Brother of Ronald and Mrs. William Ayotte. Enlisted at HMCS CARLETON. Able Seaman Burden is also commemorated on the Korean War Memorial at the Naval Museum of Alberta at HMCS Tecumseh in Calgary, Alberta.
 
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