Sailors presented with Military and Bravery decorations at Rideau Hall

Navy News / July 6, 2015

Ten sailors of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) received decorations from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, during a ceremony at Rideau Hall on June 26, 2015.

Decorated with Meritorious Service Medals (Military Division) were Commander Stephen Wade Carter (recently promoted to Captain (Navy)) of Ottawa, Ont.; Commander Daniel Alan Charlebois of Kingston, Ont.; Commodore (Retired) Patrick Terence Finn of Montreal, Que.; Commander Jeffrey Michael Hamilton (recently promoted to Captain (Navy)) of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States; Lieutenant (Navy) John Arthur Keenan (recently promoted to Lieutenant-Commander) of St. Catherines, Ont.; and Commander David Russell Wilcox of Halifax, N.S.

Decorated with Medals of Bravery were Leading Seaman Evan Beaton (recently promoted to Master Seaman) of New Haven, P.E.I. and Lawrencetown, N.S.; Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Raymond DeProy (recently promoted to Chief Petty Officer 1st Class) of Vancouver, B.C., and Ottawa, Ont.; Ordinary Seaman Benne Wiebe (recently promoted to Leading Seaman) of Kingston, Ont;  and Chief Petty Officer 1st Class (Retired) Michael Salter of Nairn Centre and Russell, Ont.

Details of their citations can be found at:

The Meritorious Service Decorations include a military division and a civil division, with two levels each: a medal and a cross. The military division recognizes individuals for their outstanding professionalism and for bringing honour to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada. The civil division recognizes individuals who have performed an exceptional deed or an activity that brought honour to the community or to Canada.

The Bravery Decorations were created in 1972. They recognize people who risk their lives and choose to defy their own instinct of survival to try to save a loved one or a perfect stranger whose life is in immediate danger.

For more information on Canadian orders, decorations and medals, please visit our honour chart at: