They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Abraham Unger


Able Seaman, V39733, RCNVR


Born: 06 Mar 1923, McMahon, Saskatchewan


Died: 25 Oct 1944 at sea


Book of Remembrance


UNGER, Abraham, AB, V39733, RCNVR, died - 25 Oct 1944, HMCS SKEENA - Son of Jacob J. and Judith Unger, of McMahon, Saskatchewan.


AB Unger was the son of Jacob J. and Judith (Dyck) Unger who came from Neuenberg, Manitoba, to homestead east of Wymark. Abe and his siblings attended Hopefield school and he was farming when he enlisted on June 10, 1942 at Regina, Saskatchewan. Six of the 11 Unger children served in the forces despite their Mennonite faith: Jacob, Cornelius and George in the R.C.A.F., Herman in the Armoured Corps and Abraham and Frank in the Navy.


AB Unger drowned while trying to get a safety line ashore so that the remaining crew could be safely removed from SKEENA. His body later recovered near Reykjavik Harbour. He is buried in the Fossvogur Cemetery, Reykjavik, Iceland.


Ships served in:

HMCS QUEEN - Enlisted 10 Jun 1942. Commenced Active Service 09 Jul 1942

HMCS QUEEN (on Divisional Strength - 07 Aug 1942 - 05 Oct 19542 for Agricultural Leave. Returned to Active Service 06 Oct 1942

HMCS NADEN - Drafted to NADEN 11 Jan 1943 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 22 Mar 1943 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS AVALON - Drafted to AVALON 16 Aug 1943 as an OS, RCNVR

* Rated AB 07 Sep 1943

HMCS SKEENA - Drafted to SKEENA 12 Oct 1943 as an AB, RCNVR







(AU01-AU02) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2

(AU03) Casualty report

(AU04) Letter to AB Unger's father

(AU05) Headstone of AB Unger in the Fossvogur Cemetery, Reykjavik, Iceland



Second World War Casualty Index