Canadians fought in Vietnam, too

Doug Sack According to Canada's Department of Veteran Affairs, the following is what you will be solemnly remembering this week during the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th month of 2015: October 11, 1899 South African War begins October 30, 1899

According to Canada’s Department of Veteran Affairs, the following is what you will be solemnly remembering this week during the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th month of 2015:

October 11, 1899

South African War begins

October 30, 1899

First Canadian soldiers leave for South Africa

February 18, 1900

Battle of Paardeberg begins

November 7, 1900

Battle of Leliefontein

March 31, 1902

Battle of Hart’s River

May 31, 1902

South African War ends

August 4, 1914

First World War Begins

April 22, 1915

Canadians see first major action at Ypres

July 1, 1916

1st Newfoundland Regiment goes over the top at Beaumont-Hamel

April 9, 1917

Canadians take Vimy Ridge

November, 1917

Canadians capture Passchendaele in muddy battle

November 11, 1918

Armistice signed ending the war

September 10, 1939

Canada officially enters the Second World War

August 19, 1942

Canadians take part in Raid on Dieppe

July 10, 1943

Canadians come ashore in Sicily

June 6, 1944

Allies come ashore in Normandy on D-Day

May 5, 1945

Canadians complete Liberation of the Netherlands

August 15, 1945

V-J Day: official end of the Second World War

June 25, 1950

Canadians enter Korean War

April 24-25, 1951

Canadians see action in the Battle of Kapyong

October 2, 1952

HMCS Iroquois hit off Korean coast

July 27, 1953

The Korea Armistice Agreement is signed ending three years of fighting

November 24, 1956

First Canadian peacekeepers set foot in Egypt

August 9, 1974

Nine Canadian Forces Peacekeepers die in the Middle East


World’s UN Peacekeepers awarded Nobel Peace Prize

August 2, 1990

Iraq invades Kuwait, setting off the Persian Gulf War

1992 through 2003

Canada participates in several missions to support peace in the Balkans region


Canadian soldiers deploy to Afghanistan

September 2006

Canadians see intense combat in Afghanistan during Operation Medusa

January 2010

Canadian Forces deploy to earthquake-ravaged Haiti

March 2014

End of Canada’s mission to Afghanistan

However, according to the Canadian War Museum, this list is incomplete.

Although Canada was not officially involved in the Vietnam War, Canadians certainly were. As a veteran of that war, America’s fourth largest in terms of casualties, I was amazed at the number of Canadians I ran into over there, most of whom acted entirely on their own by crossing the border and joining the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines.

Though the Canadian Department of Veteran Affairs seems to have overlooked the ones who paid the ultimate price, the War Museum has not, so here are the names of Canada’s forgotten warriors, which are chiselled onto the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial “North Wall” in Windsor, Ontario.

Please read the list slowly and say their names out loud to honour their lives – lest you forget, like our government apparently has:

John A. Anderson, Alfonso P. Bartaloti, Fidel J. Bastaracha, Gaetan J.G. Beaudoin, Alvin K. Bencher, Vincent Benard, Guy A. Blanchette, Daniel A. Bolduc, Greogory L. Bomberry, Ivan C. Broeffle, Thomas E. Brown, Peter N. Bruyere, Gary Butt, Michael F .Campbell, Randall K. Campbell, Bernard J. Caron, Dave S. Chamberlain, Larry R. Collins, Mark P. Collins, Andrew C. Conrad Jr., Austin M. Corbiere, Normand A. Corbin, Frank E. Crabbe, Donald P. Davies, Patrick J. Dearborn, Francis J.D. Delmark, Brian J. Devaney, Douglas W. Devoe, Richard P. Dextraze, Guy D. Dickie, Michael J. Dunn, Gordon P. Eadie, Ronald R. Fillmore, John F. Francis, Thomas E. Fraser, Joseph O. Frigault, Gerard L.J. Gauthier, Leslie N. General, Danny E. Goodwin, Gilbert P. Graham, Larry Green, Randolph E. Hatton, Wayne L. Hawes, Robert W. Holditch, Willis F. House, George V. Jmaeff, Andrew J. Jobey, Harry D.C. Kellar, John W.S.G. Kelly, Bruce T. Kennedy, Robert W. Kenny, Johnathan P. Kmetyk, Adolf J. Kroisenbacher, Paul S. Laverock, Darryl D.S. Lawson, Kevin D. Low, Geoffrey J. Lukey, John W. MacGlashan, David K. Manning, Maurice J. Marier, Joseph H. Marshall III, Alan C. Martin, Michael J. Masterson, Ian McIntosh, Rob G. McSorley, Cyril Mitchell Jr., Regan A. Monette, Donald W. Morin, Calvin I. Nesbitt, James P. Nichoson, Allan W. Persicke, Roger M. Pisacreta, Willian M. Price, John H. Reeves, William R. Robson, John W. Roden, Robert J. Santoro, Charlie F. Sauler, Daniel L.P. Sauve, David B. Savage, Dennis R. Schmidt, Stephen J. Scott, Ronald Scott, Larry S. Semeniuk, Edward G. Sharp, Gary F. Shaw, John C. Sherin III, Eldon W. Smith, Frank J. Somers, Tadeusz Sosniak, Stefan Z. Stalinske, Robert J. Steel, Alan M. Sturdy, Melvin H. Suthons, Vernon J. Thosteinson, Murray D. Vidler, Baxter Warren, Rutherford J. Welsh, Gordon G. White, Thomas M. Williams, Richard C. Williams, Paul H. Wolos, Gerald F. Young

Doug Sack was the first sports editor of the Yukon News and later a longtime sports editor of the Whistler Question and a columnist and features writer for Ski Canada magazine. He is currently semi-retired in Whitehorse.

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