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[gallery type="slideshow" ids="16243,16241,16239,16238"] I'm currently working on Steady Hands Broken Heart, a book about Canadian Changes during World War II. This will be the next book in my war series, that begin with I Volunteered, Canadian Vietnam Vets Remember, Winnipeg: Watson & Dwyer 1996; 175 p.; 24 cm; ISBN 1896239145. There are still a few hard-copy versions of that book available, but I'm also planning to launch a digital version in the next year. The series of outdoor guide books about Ontario cycling, hiking and cross-country skiing  are available in both hard-copy and digitally through Ulysses. If you're working on your own non-fiction book, you can hire me to help you structure or improve your work before you hand it off to an editor. Contact me for a consultation.

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I Volunteered: Canadian Vietnam Vets Remember

I Volunteered: Canadian Vietnam Vets Remember (ISBN: 1896239145 Paperback, 175pp) covers the story about individual Canadians who fought in the Vietnam War. We will remember them.

I Volunteered – Canadian Vietnam Vets Remember fills a significant gap in Canada’s military history—I strongly recommend it.

Les Peate

Esprit de Corps

…a moving first-hand account of a little known aspect of Canadian military and social experience.

Max Hancock

Ottawa Citizen

Did you know?

 For each of the 30,000 Americans that Canada sheltered during the Vietnam War, a Canadian citizen volunteered to serve with the U.S. Army.

Canada Provided Security Clearance for U.S. Recruits

Canadians who served with the U.S. needed security clearance from the R.C.M.P, but the organization refuses to clarify how many such clearances they performed in those years.

Canadian Peacekeeping and Aid

Five Canadian peacekeepers died in Vietnam because of their perceived role as spies for the American Forces. Four were military soldiers serving with the Canadian Armed Forces. The fifth, a clerk, was found hanged with his hands tied behind his back in Saigon.

Canada gave aid to Southeast Asia from 1950 until at least 1975 under the Columbo Plan. Columbo was set up under the auspices of the Commonwealth Consultative Committee on South and Southeast Asia. Members included Australia, Britain, Ceylon, India, Pakistan and New Zealand. Until 1975, Canada’s portion of the aid went only to South Vietnam.

The Walker was Canadian

 John W. Blake, the “walker” who marched 3,200 miles from Fort Lewis, Seattle to Yorktown, Virginia in full combat gear in 1982 to commemorate the unveiling of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Washington was born in Newfoundland.

After struggling for years with PTSD, Blake killed himself in Hilo, Hawaii on February 13, 1996, when he was 47 years old. His family then spent five years fighting to have him buried in the “Field of Honour” in St. John’s. When that proved impossible, they buried him in the military section of Forest Lawn Ocean View Memorial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

His funeral, which took place on April 7, 2001, was attended by representatives from his unit and a two-person honour guard from Fort Lewis.

His sister Cathy published a book, One for the Boys, about his life last year.

Vietnam Veterans Associations Still Active

Today, veterans and their family members join together in Canadian Vietnam Veteran Associations across the country. Members work actively to support veterans struggling with PTSD and war-time health issues. They also fundraise for memorials in Windsor, Ottawa, Melocheville and elsewhere. Look for them at Remembrance Day parades, during “Rolling Thunder” on Memorial Day and where-ever else veterans are honoured.

If you’re in Montreal, you can pick up a signed copy of this book from me at the Verdun Farmers’ Markets or by appointment.

Related stories include:

https://traceyarial.com/blog/remembering-gary-shaw/

https://traceyarial.com/blog/cvvq-17th-annual-vigil/

https://traceyarial.com/blog/ed_johnson/

 

I Volunteered Book Cover I Volunteered
Tracey Arial
Biography & Autobiography
J Gordon Shillingford Pub Incorporated
1996
175

"I Volunteered" tells the story of Canadians who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

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