A Royal Canadian Navy Korean War Grouping
A Royal Canadian Navy Korean War Grouping - Canadian Volunteer Service Medal; War Medal 1939-1945; Korea Medal (J.A. DYSON 51572 'H'); United Nations Korea Medal (J.A. DYSON 51572 'H'); Canadian Centennial Medal 1967; and Canadian Forces' Decoration (PO 1/C J.A. DYSON). Naming is officially impressed on the KM, privately engraved on the UNKM and officially engraved on the CFD, the other three medals are un-named. Court-mounted, with swing bar pinback as worn by the veteran, plated, extremely fine. Accompanied by a Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea (unnamed) in its Box of Issue, near mint, along with a Canadian Forces' Decoration Bar for an additional Ten Years' Service (8 mm x 38.8 mm, in its packet of issue), a Naval Officer's Cap Badge (silver anchor, silver and gold bullion, maroon felt and touches of blue, green and red embroidery in the crown, on black wool, reinforced backer, sticker marked "GRISCTI'S-MALTA EMBROIDERERS" and numbered "31003" and "118" on the reverse, 55 mm x 82.5 mm), a Submariner Badge (four-colour embroidery on black wool, padded, 48 mm x 94.5 mm), his wallet size Canadian Forces Certificate of Service with photo, and copies of his Medal Awards Card, Service Records, Application for the Award of the Canadian Forces Decoration, Death Certificate and assorted correspondence. Footnote: James Arthur Dyson was born January 26, 1927 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, seeing service during the Second World War aboard HMCS Chippawa, as an Ordinary Seaman, beginning on December 1, 1944. He had one brief stint with HMCS Carleton from February to April and was listed for immediate demobilization on September 15, 1945, serving until the following November 19th, a total of 351 days in the RCNVR. For his brief Second World War service, he was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and the War Medal 1939-1945. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy on January 11, 1947 as a Air Radio Mechanic, due to additional his qualifications, instead of the normal entry position of Air Mechanic 2nd Class, stating his trade as that of Student. He achieved the rank of Electricians Mate First Class on April 11, 1948. He served on many ships and bases, including: HMCS Chippawa, Stadacona, Niobe, Ariel, Naden, Cayuga, Antigonish and Rockcliffe, before being posted to HMCS Nootka on August 6, 1951, as a Leading Seaman, Engineering Mechanic First Class. He soon found himself in the Korean War theatre aboard HMCS Nootka, where he achieved the rank of P2RW3, before returning to Canada and concluding his service with her on January 15, 1953. For his service in the Korean War, Dyson was awarded the Korea Medal and the United Nations Korea Medal. After the Korean War, he continued to serve with many ships and bases, including: HMCS Magnificent, Dolphin, Maidstone, Adamant, Stadacona, Gatineau, Crusader, Springer, Alliance, St. Croix and Margaree and took many upgrade courses throughout his career. Petty Officer 1st Class Dyson applied for the Canadian Forces' Decoration on March 17, 1958, claiming 351 days in the RCNVR (December 4, 1944 to November 19, 1945) as an Ordinary Seaman, along with 11 Years and 14 days in the rank of P1RT4 in the RCN, a total of twelve years' service. As a Petty Officer, he is documented as having volunteered for submarine service in March 1959, as he had been undergoing the Chief Petty Officer First and Second Class, Radio Technician's Qualifying Course but was denied entry, as there was no vacancy. As a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, he received the Canadian Centennial Medal in 1967. He was posted to Fleet School at Halifax on September 20, 1968, and it was here that he applied for the Canadian Forces' Decoration Bar for Ten Years' Additional Service on October 17, 1968, credited with twenty-two years' service, as of January 24, 1968. He was transferred to Canadian Forces Base Edmonton on August 17, 1970 and retired from active service on January 10, 1972, with a total of over twenty-five years in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve and the Royal Canadian Navy combined. He successfully applied for the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea, being awarded the medal on February 21, 1992. Dyson died on June 4, 1995 in Edmonton, Alberta, at the age of 68.