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Larry Murray C.M.M., C.D.


Vice Admiral Larry Murray has received numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to the Canadian Armed Forces.  Though his contributions in uniform were nothing short of exemplary, he is best known for his initiatives as a civil servant advocating for veterans affairs and ensuring that veterans were not only provided for but that their efforts and sacrifices were commemorated. Murray enrolled in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1964, and upon graduation from Carleton University he served on a number of ships based out of Nova Scotia and British Columbia.  During his time at sea, Murray served as Commanding Officer aboard a number of ships, including the HMCS Chaleur and HMCS Miramichi.  He also served as the Commander of the First Canadian Destroyer Squadron. While commanding the HMCS Iroquois off the coast of Newfoundland, he was involved in a successful rescue mission in extremely bad weather.  Several members of his crew received medals and awards for their bravery and the entire crew received the Canadian Forces Unit Commendation. Larry-Murray-bioMurray also held a number of senior positions, among them the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff, Commander of Maritime Command, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, and Acting Chief of the Defence Staff before retiring at the distinguished rank of Vice Admiral in 1997 in order to join the public service as Associate Deputy Minister of Fisheries ad Oceans.  In 1999 Murray was appointed Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs where he undertook a truly impressive number of initiatives focused on commemorating the achievements of veterans and improving quality of life through ameliorating the long term care services provided.  In 2001 Murray was inducted into the Order of St. John, and appointed to the honorary position of Colonel Commandant of the Chaplain Branch of the Canadian Forces for his commitment to helping both veterans and military personnel.  Murray went on to serve as the Deputy Minister of Fisheries ad Oceans prior to his retirement from public service in 2007. Murray has received much praise for the admirable and lasting impact of his work.  He is the recipient of the Vimy Award, the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, an appointment to the honorary position of Grand President of the Royal Canadian Legion, and most recently the Birchall Leadership Award. A series of short interviews in which Larry Murray discusses his love for captaining ships and the rescue onboard the Iroquois are available on the Veterans Affairs Canada website, here.

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