In memory of

Able Seaman

John Edward Cherpeta

who died on 7 Sep 1942

Service details
  Conflict WWII
  Service Navy
  Unit HMCS Raccoon
  Rank Able Seaman
  Service number V10368
  Date of death 19420907
  Cause of death killed in action
Narrative history
  V10368 Able Seaman (HMCS Raccoon) John Edward Cherpeta (b.1922) of Regina was KIA 19420907 and is commemorated on the Halifax Memorial for servicemen lost or buried at sea. He was the son of Alex and Anne Cherpeta. John was born at Sturgis and was working at the Metropolitan theatre when he enlisted at Regina in 1940.

The Raccoon was built as the private yacht Holonia in Maine in 1931. She was one of a number of such vessels purchased by the Canadian government in 1940 and pressed into service as anti-submarine patrollers and convoy escorts pending the arrival of properly equipped naval vessels. HMCS Raccoon was on convoy escort in the St. Lawrence River off the Gaspé Peninsula when she was hit - and instantly obliterated - by two torpedoes from U165. All 37 hands were lost including Cherpeta and AJ Payne.
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Memorial information
  Saskatchewan rural municipality for commemoration 159 - Sherwood
  Cemetery or memorial location Halifax Memorial, Nova Scotia    

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  Honour roll location(s) Regina
  Geo-memorial Cherpeta Creek, Saskatchewan     
  Geo-memorial location 55.5833°N / 109.05°W
  Geo-memorial NTS map reference 73N11
  Geo-memorial details Flows north to the Chedister Creek.
Personal information
  Date of birth 19220911
  Place of birth Sturgis    (Please click here for map.)
  Date of enlistment 19400531
  Place of enlistment Regina    (Please click here for map.)
  Residence on enlistment Regina    (Please click here for map.)
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