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Oldest Veteran in Canada, 107, Receives Second Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Jan 15, 2021 | 0 comments

John Boyd, the oldest known Veteran in Canada, received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine today – from another Veteran. A physician at the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, and a Veteran himself, Dr. David Shergold administered the vaccine. Upon preparing John for vaccination, Dr. Shergold said: “We’re fortnight [two weeks] away from your 108th birthday.” “No way!” responded John, a resident at the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre. “Thank you for fighting this battle, this COVID-19 battle,” said Dr. Shergold. “It’s an honour,” responded John. “This is not my first pandemic,” referring to having lived through the Spanish flu from 1918 to 1920. “All of us on the team caring for Mr. Boyd are honoured to be a part of this special moment,” says Dr. Shergold, who served as a Naval Officer in submarines during the Cold War in the 1980s. “These jabs are our torpedoes!” Born in Edmonton to Ukrainian immigrants, John has devoted his life to making Canada a better place. He grew up fighting against poverty, and during the depression, he took part in left-wing youth movements. Over the years, some of his many accomplishments include: ​​Editor of a communist newspaper, the Young Worker. Manager of a co-op creamery. […]

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Remembrance and Commemoration of a UNEF I Signalman Philip Crouse

Jan 12, 2021 | 3 comments

Signalman Crouse was born in Liverpool, NS. He enlisted in The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in 1960. In 1965 he was posted as a Radio and Telegraph Operator (later Rad Op) to 56 Signal Squadron as part of UNEF I (UN Emergency Force in Egypt). Unfortunately, Philip was electrocuted on 20 August 1966 working on a radio transmitter (BC610) in Sharm El Sheik, Eqypt. Signalman Crouse is buried in the Gaza War Cemetery. But the story doesn’t end there. Sgt (Ret’d) Bill Murphy who was a friend of Philip initiated a plan to have a memorial plaque and maple tree installed at the Liverpool Regional High School that Philip attended. The plaque reads… Through Bill’s dedication and hard work, the plaque was unveiled on 5 June 2015 in the presence of Philip’s mother – Anita Hyatt (Silver Cross Mother) and the then Commanding Officer of 36 Signal Regiment – LCol Dale Warner. But the story continues…     At a Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa several years ago Bill noticed a gentleman wearing a UNEF I medal. On further inquiry it turns out that the gentleman was the Medical Officer in Egypt in 1966 when Signalman Crouse was killed. […]

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MCpl Kyle Ladouceur – CJOC Commendation

Dec 9, 2020 | 0 comments

4 Dec 2020 , CJOC COMD virtually presented MCpl Kyle Ladouceur with Commendation: MCpl Kyle Ladouceur (Information Systems Technician) CJOC COMMENDATION  Since his arrival in July 2020, Master Corporal Ladouceur has demonstrated remarkable technical skill as the Operations Sergeant and Information Management Officer for Task Force – Latvia. Particularly noteworthy were his efforts in resolving digital gun line communication systems faults. He first identified defects with the Enhanced Position Location Reporting System as well as the COMSEC Keys, and then provided new procedures and innovative solutions at the local level, and implemented third and fourth line repair suggestions from programme management engineers, all of which enabled the resumption of digital fire missions. Master Corporal Ladouceur’s technical innovation and highly effective solutions to complex problems has brought great credit to himself and the Canadian Joint Operations Command. Photo caption: TASK FORCE LATVIA -CIS SQN (SSM MWO LAPRADE. MCPL LADOUCEUR. CO MAJ CLARKE)

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William J. Henderson Philanthropy Award – Colonel John Catto, CD

Dec 9, 2020 | 1 comment

The Military Communications & Electronics (C&E) Museum Foundation’s donor recognition program acknowledges various levels of financial support to our Museum. In 2015 the Board of Directors added a special award to recognize outstanding support by individuals or organizations, not only financially, but also through their volunteer activities. Given the patronage and generosity of William J. Henderson and his Foundation over the years, it was an honour to name the award after him. Permission was granted to name the award, The William J. Henderson Philanthropy Award. I am pleased to announce that on 30 October 2020 the Board of Directors unanimously confirmed that Colonel John Catto, CD was worthy of distinction by being posthumously named a recipient of the William J. Henderson Philanthropy Award.  

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MCpl Bilodeau on Exercise NOBLE SKYWAVE

Dec 7, 2020 | 0 comments

Since 2013, Communications and Electronics Branch has brought hundreds of teams from dozens of Nations together to test, strengthen expertise and compete in a friendly atmosphere to what is now known as the most prestigious military led HF competition in the world: Noble Skywave (Ex NS). The competition verifies our tertiary means of intercontinental communications using HF sky-wave propagation. The scoring matrix for this competition will reward teams that are able to achieve contact with more distant participants. Over the years, the exercise continued to increase in scale and prominence with more domestic and international teams registering to compete.  This year, a new record of 190 teams from across the globe participated, and attempted to establish comms with the greatest amount of HF stations under various conditions in a competitive format. Ex NS 20 welcomed participants from multiple Canadian units spanning the Regular and Reserve Force as well as representatives from the United States, the United Kingdom, Latvia, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Romania, and Germany. In recent edition of the Defence Team News, there is an interview with MCpl Bilodeau, 35 Sig Regt Det Sherbrooke who speaks what Exercise NOBLE SKYWAVE is all about and how is Regt got […]

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A Korean War Soldier: Sergeant Edward Allan Buckner

Dec 7, 2020 | 0 comments

To everyone who’s gone through the Canadian Forces School of Communication and Electronics (CFSCE), you would’ve gone to the Communication and Electronics (C&E) Museum at least once. Within, there is a name mentioned several times – Sgt (Ret’d) Edward Allan Buckner, a veteran mentioned in dispatches (MiD) for his service and meritorious actions in the Korean War. Though he is honoured through the museum displays, Tim Cook reminded us in The Secret History of Soldiers that we must remember them as more than “black-and-white figures of photographs and films, but as vibrant young men full of life, colour, jokes, and pranks.” [1] Thanks to Major Justin Yoo at CFSCE, and his inclusion of junior officers in the initiative to do more for our Korean War veterans, I had the privilege in virtually interviewing Sgt Buckner on 24 May 2020. Born on 23 March 1932 in Toronto, Ontario, Edward Allan Buckner grew up in a large family of both Scottish and Irish ethnicity. He was the son of a World War I veteran who served with the 44th Lincoln and Welland Regiment. When he was looking for a job, the fact that he was a cadet gave him all the reasons he […]

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