Back in the summer of 1943, the Battle of the Atlantic was subsiding but the battle in Italy was ramping up.

Stephen Larkin, of Eastern Passage, was one of the young Canadian sailors who fought in Italy.

“There were poor kids rolling around naked with nothing to eat and looking through garbage bags,” said Larkin, 90.

After eight months, Larkin left Italy with a shrapnel wound to the face.

The Canadian Navy is marking the Italian campaign with a ceremony and building renaming on Friday. The Combat Systems Engineering Division building will be renamed the Sicily Building in honour of a six-week battle on Sicily’s shores.

A ceremony marking the 67th anniversary of the Italian campaign will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Naval Annex Dockyard in Dartmouth.

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