At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we take a minute to remember those who served in the various wars, police actions, peacekeeping duties and other conflicts. Remembrance Day is important and we wanted to focus on one veteran.
This particular soldier was born in Vancouver and signed up with the Royal Canadian Artillery. He was commissioned as a lieutenant in the 13th Field Artillery as part of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. Rotated to England in 1940 for training, his first combat was on Juno Beach on D-Day. He was wounded, unfortunately by friendly fire late that night. After recovering, he was posted and graduated from Air Observation Pilot Course 40 and flew with 666 AOP Squadron RCAF, flying Auster observation aircraft. After the war, he demobbed and went back to civilian life.
A reasonable service record, some wounds and some stories including the label of the “craziest pilot in the Canadian Air Force” after slaloming an Auster around telegraph poles on Salisbury Plain. You might not know him as Jimmy Doohan, but you certainly knew him as Montgomery Scott from the original Star Trek. Yes, Scotty was a veteran.
If you want to remember a veteran on November 11th, James Montgomery Doohan is as good as any.
Thank you to all our veterans. We get to do things like these posts because of what you did and keep doing for all of us.