The Diary of a Proud Canadian Sailor — Real Joseph DeGuire

| December 2, 2014

The Juno Beach Centre is proud to be on the receiving end of many donated war diaries, documents, and archival photos. In an effort to make these valuable primary resource documents widely available, we will occasionally post copies of digitized files and images of artefacts. You are welcome to contribute historical documents and photos relating to D-Day, the Normandy Campaign, and Canada in the Second World War for consideration for inclusion in our digital collections. For submission information, please contact the editor.

We were thrilled when Linda Matheson recently shared her father’s wartime diary, which details his experiences as a sailor aboard HMCS Algonquin during the Second World War from 1944-45. His journal starts “off the coast of France between La Havre and Cherbourg” on June 5, 1944.

Enclosed is my dad’s diary. His original is safely tucked away. I hope you enjoy it. My dad was a business man. As an 18 year old he signed up. He never spoke about the War until the last couple of years. I think returning vets thought it was “unmanly”. He will be 90 years old — still lives in his own home and is sharp as a tack. His hearing is poor as he was a gunner on the Algonquin. He is now very proud to share his story.

Please enjoy!

Linda Matheson

Real Joseph DeGuire – Part I

Real Joseph DeGuire – Part II

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