For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
McDONALD, John James (Jim) - He was from Iroquois, Ontario and was born in 1918. Jim was an avid angler and hunter. From the age of 18 he worked on the Great Lakes ships and was a seasoned seaman when he volunteered in June 1940. He was medically discharged in June 1944 when he suffered a severe arm injury while on duty. After the war, he went on to become a successful businessman, establishing a well-known sporting goods store in Ottawa called 'Laurentian Trading Post'. Along with many other Canadian Navy personnel he was seconded to a British ship for a period of time as they were short of sailors. One of his duties was to escort certain officers around the ship as there was a fear of "fragging" by the British sailors. During war he was on the RCN hockey team in Saint John (goalie) as well as on the boxing team.
Jim served in the Canadian Navy from 18 Jun 1940 until 27 Jun 1944.
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