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Irvin Vincent Amiro    Rank: Telegraphist Service No: V/26054 Service: Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve   H.M.C.S. Athabaskan Date of Birth September 18, 1922 Place of Birth: Pubnico   Ivan Amiro was the son of Joseph A. Amiro and Mary V. Amiro, of Pubnico, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia. During World War II he served as a telegraphist on H.M.C.S. Athabaskan.   During the early hours of 29 April 1944, Athabaskan was patrolling with her sister Tribal-class destroyer Haida in support of a British mine laying operation off the coast of France. Admiralty orders were received to intercept German warships near Ile de Bas and during the subsequent engagement with German naval vessels, Athabaskan was torpedoed and sank. 128 men were lost, 44 were rescued by Haida and 83 were taken prisoner by three German minesweepers sortied from the coast after the departure of Haida. Date of Death: April 29, 1944 Age: 21 Cemetery: Plouescat Communal Cemetery   (Finistere, France) Row B. Grave 25. The 6th name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial Commemorated on page 236 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance   Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 19 Charles Louis Pothier of Yarmouth also died April 29, 1944 on H.M.C.S. Athabaskan. Sources and Information: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Veterans Affairs Canada  http://www.inmemories.com/Cemeteries/plouescat.htm http://www.forposterityssake.ca/Navy/HMCS_ATHABASKAN_G07.htm http://webhome.idirect.com/~kettles/uncle/athabask.htm
 Irvin Vincent Amiro
HMCS Athabaskan
Photo: Denise Pontlevoy (Fr)