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Gerald Joseph Giroux, M.I.D., C.D.


Commander (MARE), O-27309, RCN / C.A.F.


Born: 11 Dec 1927


Died: 11 Oct 2001, Ottawa, Ontario


Cdr G.J. Giroux is buried in the Pinecrest Cemetery, Ottawa.


Mentioned in Despatches citation: Lt Gerald Joseph Giroux, Mentioned in Dispatches, HMCS ATHABASKAN as per the Canada Gazette of 20 February 1954:  “Throughout the tour of duty of HMCS Athabaskan in Korean Waters commencing December, 1952, the ship has been plagued by fire control maintenance problems. By constant devotion to duty and unremitting hard work, Lt Giroux has set an inspiring personal example to his department which resulted in the guns being kept in operational condition. Specifically, HMCS Athabaskan sailed for East Coast patrol in June 1953, with defective fire control equipment which was considered un-repairable without Dockyard assistance. Lt Giroux and his department worked for 72 hours without rest and successfully overcame the defects in time for HMCS Athabaskan to destroy two enemy trains carrying important supplies to the North Korean Army front line.”


Ships served in:

HMCS CARLETON - Appointed to Carleton as a Cadet, RCN(R), UNTD (Navy List Jul 1949).

HMCS CARLETON - Appointed to Carleton 13 Nov 1949 as a SLt, RCN(R) (seniority 01 Sep 1949) (Navy List Jan 1950)

RCN BARRACKS ESQUIMALT - Appointed to RCN Barracks Esquimalt, Ordnance Course 06 Nov 1950 as a Ord. SLt, RCN(R) (seniority 01 Jun 1950) (Navy List Jan 1951)

HMCS QUEBEC - Appointed to Quebec 14 Jan 1952 as an Ord. Slt, RCN (Navy List Apr 1952).  Re-Appointed to Quebec 06 Jun 1952 as an Ord. Lt (seniority 01 May 1951) (Navy List Jul 1952)

HMCS ATHABASKAN - Appointed to Athabaskan 15 Sep 1952 as an Ord. Lt, RCN (Navy List Oct 1952)

HMC DOCKYARD ESQUIMALT - Appointed to HMCS Dockyard Esquimalt, Naval Armament Depot 15 Feb 1954 as a Ord. Lt, RCN (Navy List Jul 1954)

HMC DOCKYARD HALIFAX - Appointed to HMC Dockyard Halifax, Add'l for MARGAREE 11 Mar 1957 as an Ord. Lt, RCN (Navy List Jul 1957)

HMCS MARGAREE - Appointed to Margaree 05 Oct 1957 as Ordnance Officer and on staff of CANCOMCORTRON TWO as Squadron Ordnance Officer as an Ord. Lt, RCN (Navy List Jan 1958).  Commissioning crew.  Appointed to Ord. LCdr, RCN (seniority 01 May 1959) (Navy List Jul 1959)

HMCS NIOBE - Appointed to Niobe 12 Oct 1959 for Courses or Training with the RN as an Ord. LCdr, RCN (Navy List Jan 1960)

NAVAL HEADQUARTERS OTTAWA - Appointed to NHQ Ottawa, Staff of Director General of Naval Ordnance 05 Dec 1960 as an Ord. LCdr, RCN (Navy List Jan 1961)

SPECIAL SECTION I 90 - Appointed to Special Section 01 May 1961 as an Ord. LCdr, RCN (Navy List Oct 1961)

NAVAL HEADQUARTERS OTTAWA - Appointed to NHQ Ottawa, Director General Fighting Equipment, Staff of Director of Operations System 05 Mar 1962 as a Ord. LCdr, RCN (Navy List Apr 1962).  Appointed to Staff of Director of Weapons Systems (Navy List Oct 1963)

NAVAL SUPPLY DEPOT, MONTREAL - Appointed to Naval Supply Depot, Montreal 30 May 1964 as an Ord. LCdr, RCN (Navy List Oct 1964).  Appointed to Weapons Engineering Section, Ville la Salle as an Ord. LCdr, RCN (Navy List Oct 1965)



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