For George Edward (Ted) Jamieson, there truly was no life like the navy. The Toronto-born member of the Six Nations Upper Cayuga Band was a sea cadet in his early teens and, a few years later, a bugler in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve. At the outbreak of the Second World War, the 18-year-old was among the first group of reservists called up. He was still with the navy when the Korean War erupted.
During the Second World War, Jamieson, an able seaman in the gunnery branch, served on Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Stadacona, HMCS Drummondville and HMCS Cornwallis. On convoy duty in the Battle of the Atlantic, he helped escort Allied ships along Canada’s coasts and across the ocean.
Jamieson was aboard the tribal class destroyer HMCS Iroquois when it was assigned its first tour of duty in Korean waters in 1952. The year before he had been awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) for 12 years of service, and had recently extended his term with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) for another five years. At this point a chief petty officer second class (CPO 2), he became one of Canada’s 3,621 naval personnel in the Far East.
On board the Iroquois, Jamieson employed the specialized training he had received in anti-submarine warfare, serving as the Chief Torpedo Anti-submarine (TAS) Instructor. In Korea, however, naval duties were unusual. Because North Korea’s small navy had been destroyed early in the war, RCN crews faced no threats from enemy…