About HMCS Drumheller. She took part in the D-Day invasion.
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Originally posted on pacificparatrooper:
The Canadian Seaman
On D-Day, John Edmunds, from Burlington, Ontario, 19 years old, was in the Royal Canadian Navy assigned as a helmsman on an escort ship leading cargo vessels to Normandy. Aboard the HMCS Drumheller, he was headed for Juno Beach.
Seaman Edmunds stood at the helm of his ship as his captain barked down orders from the bridge, “Port, two degrees!” John sailed the Flower-class corvette vessel in circles around a convoy of 15 cargo ships for the length of their three-hour voyage across the English Channel. And then – he looked toward the approaching shore. The reality of what laid ahead of the Allies came into view, “We looked out across the English Channel and whole horizon was ships, thousands of ships.”
Men lined the deck with binoculars, searching the seas for German submarines. Edmunds had already seen the U-boats…
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