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Name: 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 Date of Enlistment: May 21, 1941 Place of Enlistment: Halifax, NS Address at Enlistment: Pubnico, Yarmouth Co., NS Age at Enlistment: 22 Height: 5 feet, 6¾ inches Complexion: Medium Eye Colour: Brown Hair Colour: Brown Trade: Farming Marital Status: Single Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: Mary Amirault (Mother) Pubnico, Yarmouth Co., NS Date of Death: April 29, 1944 Age: 21 Cemetery: Plouescat Communal Cemetery, (Finistere, France) Grave Reference: 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 Ivan Amiro was the son of Joseph Anthony Amiro (1888–1970) and Mary Vateline Amiro ( 1889–1966), of Pubnico, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia. He attended school until the age of 16 and completed three years of high school. In the three years prior to his enlistment he farmed in Pubnico. Two brothers, Bernard J. Amiro served with the Royal Canadian Engineers, and Douglas R. Amiro served with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. Ivan joined HMCS Athabaskan as a telegraphist on February 4, 1943. In the early hours of April 29, 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. Charles Louis Pothier of Yarmouth also died April 29, 1944 on HMCS Athabaskan.
Irvin Vincent Amiro
HMCS Athabaskan