|Birth: ||Jun. 26, 1903|
|Death: ||Dec. 18, 2000, Canada|
Vice Adm. Harry DeWolf, a destroyer commander who was Canada's most highly decorated naval officer of World War II. He received Canada's Distinguished Service Order and Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry. The United States awarded him the Legion of Merit. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, was honored by France with membership in its Legion of Honor and received Norway's Cross of Liberation.
Admiral DeWolf's destroyer, Haida, which survives as a floating museum and war memorial on the Toronto waterfront, sank or damaged more than a dozen German warships, bringing it renown as Canada's foremost ship of World War II. Before taking command of Haida, he helped in the evacuation of British and French troops from Dunkirk in 1940 as commander of the destroyer St. Laurent. Admiral DeWolf carried out two major rescues in the North Atlantic, one with St. Laurent and the other with Haida and he once wrestled with a live torpedo running out of control on his deck.
While on antisubmarine duty with the St. Laurent 75 miles west of Ireland in July 1940, he orchestrated the rescue of about 860 survivors of the British liner Arandora Star, which was sunk by a German U-boat while carrying German and Italian prisoners of war and interned aliens from Liverpool to Newfoundland. Another 800 aboard the liner drowned.
Harry DeWolf, Canada War Hero, Dies at 97
Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Jun 02, 2006
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