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Royal Canadian Legion Branch 49 Mahone Bay presented its first poppy of the 2018 Poppy Campaign to Robert Jeffery “Whoopi” Wentzell, a Second World War veteran of the Canadian Merchant Navy (CMN). Wentzell is originally from Indian Point and is currently a resident of the Veterans’ Unit at Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg. In 1944, Wentzell lied about his age to join the CMN in Halifax and became a crew member of the Allied ship, the SS Robert E. Peary, an American Liberty ship. He was only 15 years old when the SS Robert E. Peary became part of the invasion fleet that supported the Allied assault on the beaches of Normandy in France on June 6, 1944. Wentzell’s ship conducted continuous operations in support of Omaha and Utah beaches. The ship was attacked by enemy aircraft and shore batteries on numerous occasions during that period. The SS Robert E. Peary returned to England, U.K. on July 3, 1944 and Wentzell celebrated his 16th birthday two days later. From left are vice president and service officer of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 49, Gary Silliker; Second World War veteran Robert “Whoopi” Wentzell; and president and poppy chair of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 49, Helen Whitehouse. Contributed

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