http://www.forposterityssake.ca/Navy/HMCS_ASSINIBOINE_I18.htm

Garry Weir does not write for the money.

I don’t.

This is his Webpage on a River class destroyer.

Alfred Frenette could have been on that destroyer.

We should find out in six months.

HMCS ASSINIBOINE I18

This is most interesting.

Commanding Officers
Cdr E.R. Mainguy, RCN  –  19 Oct 39 – 02 Apr 40

Com G.C. Jones, RCN  –  03 Apr 40 – 15 Sep 40

Capt C.R. Taylor, RCN  –  16 Sep 40 – 29 Oct 40

Com L.W. Murray, RCN  –  30 Oct 40 – 11 Feb 41

A/LCdr J.H. Stubbs, RCN  – 12 Feb 41 – 01 Oct 42

Lt R. Hennessy, DSC, RCN  –  02 Oct 42 – 01 Dec 42

Cdr E.P. Tisdall, RCN  –  02 Dec 42 – 10 Feb 43

Cdr K.F. Adams, RCN  –  11 Feb 43 – 08 Jun 43

A/LCdr R.P. Welland, DSC, RCN  –  09 Jun 43 – 07 Jul 43

Cdr K.F. Adams, RCN  –  08 Jul 43 – 30 Sep 43

A/LCdr R.P. Welland, DSC, RCN  –  01 Oct 43 – 13 Oct 44

A/LCdr R. Hennessy, DSC, RCN  –  14 Oct 44 – 21 Feb 45

Cdr E.L. Armstrong, RCN  –  22 Feb 45 – 08 Aug 45

John Stubbs was the ship’s captain of this destroyer.

Stubbs 3

I knew I had some knowledgeable friends…

Comment from Garry…

The top photo showing Alfred Frenette on the forecastle (fo’c’s’le) of a ship is definitely a River Class destroyer. The problem is which one.

The were 14 of them – I will list them here with the year the were commissioned into the RCN

HMCS Assiniboine (1939)
HMCS Chaudiere (1943)
HMCS Fraser (1936)
HMCS Gatineau (1943)
HMCS Kootenay (1943)
HMCS Margaree (1940)
HMCS Ottawa H60 (1938)
HMCS Ottawa H31 (1943)
HMCS Qu’Appelle (1944)
HMCS Restigouche (1938)
HMCS Saguenay (1931)
HMCS Saskatchewan (1943)
HMCS Skeena (1931)
HMCS St. Laurent (1937)

There is nothing in the photo to narrow down which ship. However, if the photos were taken prior to 1936 then we can narrow it down to either HMCS Saguenay or HMCS Skeena.

Yours Aye
Garry

In the navy…

I am not an expert.

I will need a little help from my friend readers. I believe these pictures were taken in the 1920s or 1930s.

Alfred Frenette (marine) 1

Alfred Frenette collection

Alfred Frenette (marine) 2

Alfred Frenette collection

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Alfred Frenette

His daughter is looking for the ship’s name.

Feel free to contact me. I know I could ask for his service records from Archives Canada, but this could take six months.

Guadalcanal was his first assignment, Okinawa his last – Oscar Hettema was a Seabee

A Seabee in Guadalcanal

War Tales

This was Hettema at 31 when he signed up for the Seabees early in 1942. Photo provided This was Hettema at 31 when he signed up for the Seabees early in 1942. Photo provided

By the time World War II ended, Oscar Hettema of Port Charlotte, Fla. had seen a lot of this world as a chief warrant officer in the Navy Seabees.

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