"I lost a lot of good friends when the St. Croix went down," says Laatsch, now an 89 year old resident of Kelowna.
On D Day, HMCS Port Colborne was on anti sub patrols as Allied troops established a beachhead in Normandy. Laatsch had three brothers who also served in the war, all of them coming home safely.
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His misgivings proved prescient. On Sept. 20, 1943, the St. Croix was sunk by a German torpedo boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
such a big part of your life, I guess it never leaves you, no matter how long ago it was."
on to a long career with the navy, leaving the service in 1970 before opening a roofing and carpet cleaning business. Though the war is a long time ago, memories of it come back at unwelcome times for Laatsch.
Of the 229 men on board, 148 died. To compound the tragedy, all but one of the men who survived that attack died three days later when the ship that had rescued them was itself sunk by a German U boat.
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After sailing through the Panama Canal, HMCS Port Colborne joined the Battle of the Atlantic, escorting Allied convoys. "We did everything we could to protect the ships, but it was still pretty common to lose three or four of them in each convoy," Laatsch says.
HMCS St. in 1919, and various improvements hadn't done much to improve its seaworthiness, Laatsch recalls.
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