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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.
United Nations Command (UNC) United Nations Command (UNC)

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.
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
LCdr Quinn John Louis
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Service Number: 0-60710
Born: Jun 25, 1923 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Discharged: Deceased

Served In: Korea , World War 2
Service: RCN (Royal Canadian Navy)
Command: United Nations Command (UNC)
Ship: HMCS Iroquois
General Service General Service Badge WW2
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 :
Naval General Service Medal plus Palestine Clasp 1945-48. HMCS Iroquois hit by enemy shore fire on Oct. 2, 1952.

1939-45 Star
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).
France And Germany Star
The Star was awarded for one day or more of service in France, Belgium, Holland or Germany between 06 June 1944 (D-Day) and 08 May 1945.
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).
Defence 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.
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal is granted to persons of any rank in the Naval, Military or Air Forces of Canada who voluntarily served on Active Service and have honourably completed eighteen months (540 days) total voluntary service from September 3, 1939 to March 1, 1947.
War Medal (1939-45)
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.
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.
Naval General Service Medal (1915)
The NGSM 1915-1962 is awarded from the cessation of hostilities in World War II until 1962, THE NGSM was awarded to naval personnel only. Post-1962, Navy received the same General Service Medals as Army and Air Force. Awarded for 28 days' service afloat, patrolling off the coast of Malaya in support of operations against insurgents. One day or more duty ashore in the Federation of Malaya attached to other eligible forces. One operational sortie over Malaya in operations against insurgents from a base in Singapore. Qualifying periods is from 16 Jun 1948 to 31 Jul 1960. Clasps include South East Asia, Yangtze, Near East, Palestine, Minesweeping, Bomb and Mine Clearance.

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: April 2, 1942 Regina, Saskatchewan
Pre/Post War: Lieutenant Commander Quinn is also commemorated on the Korean War Memorial at the Naval Museum of Alberta at HMCS TECUMSEH in Calgary, Alberta.

Deceased: October 02, 1952 at Unknown
Cemetery YOKOHAMA War Cemetery Yokohama, Japan
Marker: Plot D Row C Grave 6
Obituary: Son of Colonel H.J. Quinn MM and Rosa Quinn of Regina, Saskatchewan. Husband of Grace Lillian (Merrill) Quinn of Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Father of Charles Patrick Quinn of Armdale, Nova Scotia. Brother of Patricia Mary Quinn.
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LCdr John Louis Quinn on other official websites
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Researched By: Sean Wilson

LCdr John Louis Quinn
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Medals and Commendations
(In Order):

1939-45 Star
France And Germany Star
United Nations Service Medal Korea
Defence Medal
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
War Medal (1939-45)
Canadian Korea Medal
Naval General Service Medal (1915 NGSM)

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