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.
Peacekeepers monitor and observe peace processes in post-conflict areas and assist ex-combatants in implementing the peace agreements they may have signed. Such assistance comes in many forms, including confidence-building measures, power-sharing arrangements, electoral support, strengthening the rule of law, and economic and social development. Accordingly, UN peacekeepers (often referred to as Blue Berets or Blue Helmets because of their light blue berets or helmets) can include soldiers, police officers, and civilian personnel.
AB Liska Vince
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: 6164-E
Born: Dec 04, 1921 Loucka, Kladno District, Czech Republic
Awarded to members of the Navy, Army or Air Forces of Canada who have declared their willingness, or who have engaged to serve in any of the said forces on active service during the Second World War.
Service Details :
Able Seaman Liska served with the Canadian Merchant Navy during the Second World War. He served aboard SS Bridgeland Park (1944), S.S. Dunlop (1944) and M.S. Philae (1945)
The Star was awarded for six months service on active operations for Army and Navy, and two months for active air-crew between 02 September 1939 and 08 May 1945 (Europe) or 02 September 1945 (Pacific).
The Star was awarded for six months (180 days) service afloat or 2 months (60 days) for air-crew service between 03 September 1939 and 08 May 1945 (Europe) or 02 September 1945 (Pacific). The Atlantic Star may not be awarded unless the 1939-1945 Star has been qualified for by 180 days' operational service afloat or by 2 months (60 days) service for airborne service. Therefore, the total requirement is twelve months (360 days) service afloat or four months (120 days) for airbourne service.
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).
Although the medal was usually awarded to Canadians for six months service in Britain between 03 September 1939 and 08 May 1945, the exact terms were: Service in the forces in non-operational areas subjected to air attack or closely threatened, providing such service lasted for three or more years. Service overseas or outside the country of residence, providing that such service lasted for one year, except in territories threatened by the enemy or subject to bomb attacks, in which case it was six months prior to 02 September 1945. Under the terms of this last condition, Canadians serving for one year in Newfoundland were eligible and persons serving for six months in Hong Kong were also eligible. The qualifying period in mine and bomb disposal was three months. Canadians serving in West Africa, Palestine and India, other than operational air crew, qualified for this medal. Those awarded the GC or GM for civil defence received this medal. Home Guard and others in Britain qualified for this medal.
The War Medal was awarded to all full-time personnel of the armed forces and merchant marines for serving for 28 days between 03 September 1939 and 02 September 1945. In the Merchant Navy, the 28 days must have been served at sea.
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.
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.
August 10, 1946 Victoria, British Columbia
The Government of British Columbia posthumously named a small island and a waterway off of British Columbia's northern coast in his memory. Liska Islet and Liska Inlet, respectively. Able Seaman Liska is also commemorated on the Korean War Memorial at the Naval Museum of Alberta at HMCS Tecumseh in Calgary, Alberta; the Wall of Remembrance in Ottawa, Ontario and The Brampton National Wall of Remembrance, Ontario.
Son of Joseph Liska and Emilie Veselous of Victoria, British Columbia.
Brother of Emil, George and half brother of Rosalie Dionne.
Husband of Carol Birdene Marcelle (nee Pinner) Liska of Victoria, British Columbia.Father of Martina and Vincent Liska.
Father of George William Liska (Mother Marguerite Whiteoak)
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