A Korean War Medal Group to the Royal Canadian Navy
A Korean War Medal Group to the Royal Canadian Navy - Korea Medal (S. LADANCHUK 15723 'H'); Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea; and United Nations Korea Medal (S. LADANCHUK 15723 'H'). Naming is officially impressed on the KM and engraved on the UNKM, the CVSMK is un-named. Mounted to a suspension with swing bar pinback, as worn by the veteran, original ribbons, contact marks on the KM, surface wear on the UNKM, very fine. Accompanied by copies of his Service Records, Certificate of Service in the Royal Canadian Navy and assorted research papers. Footnote: Stanley Ladanchuk enrolled for five years' service in the Royal Canadian Navy as an Ordinary Seaman, on October 13, 1950. He was posted to H.M.C.S Star in Hamilton, Ontario, from October 13 to 27, 1950. He was subsequently transferred to H.M.C.S. Cornwallis in Deep Brook, Nova Scotia, on October 28, 1950, and would see his first ship posting five months later, to the Aircraft Carrier H.M.C.S. Magnificent on March 26, 1951. He would serve with Magnificent for four months, before being transferred to the Algerine Class Minesweeper H.M.C.S. Wallaceburg on August 1st and it was here that he was promoted to Able Seaman on January 13, 1952, before returning to H.M.C.S. Stadcona on February 9th. After three months at Stadacona, he was posted to his third ship, the River Class Frigate H.M.C.S. La Hulloise, effective May 14, 1952, where he was to serve until January 18, 1953. Ladanchuk was transferred to the Tribal Class Destroyer H.M.C.S. Iroquois on January 19, 1953, for overseas service during the Korean War. Patrolling off Korea's coasts, in pursuit of supply trains and other enemy forces, was an exceedingly dangerous job. Enemy shore batteries represented a permanent threat to Canadian ships as they approached the coastline. While with Iroquois, he was awarded his first Good Conduct Badge on October 13th. The ship returned to Canada, with Ladanchuk posted to H.M.C.S. Stadacona on April 26, 1954 and promoted to Leading Seaman on May 14th. The following year, he was transferred to his fifth and final ship, the Bangor Class Minesweeper H.M.C.S. Minas, on March 15, 1955, before being posted to H.M.C.S. York in Toronto, Ontario five months later, on August 23, 1955. York would be his final posting, before being discharged two months later, on October 12th, having fulfilled his five years' service in the Royal Canadian Navy.