Old 02-22-2009, 11:12 AM   #1
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Do you think Canada should take more responsibility for their actions during the Vietnam war? Not only were the Agent family of chemicals tested and produced in Canada, but Canadians had also gone to fight (Of course the government doesn't officially acknowledge this).

I think the government should officially acknowledge their presence in Vietnam, the worst is already over. The Canadians that came home from Vietnam found no aid here, they simply had to deal with post war trama on their own. Its really getting childish now on the governments part, those veterans have been trying for decades to get the government to acknowledge what happened yet they refuse, even after the conservative party came to power no actions happened.

30, 000 Canadians went to fight in Vietnam (Not exactly sure how, I think via the US army), thats a huge number, about half the size of Canada's current army, it was a large enough force that had gone to Vietnam and should receive some sort of recognition.
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Old 02-22-2009, 01:18 PM   #2
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Canadians that fought in Vietnam did it through the United States Military. I don't think Canada would be able to formally recognize them.
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Old 02-22-2009, 03:49 PM   #3
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Canadians that fought in Vietnam did it through the United States Military. I don't think Canada would be able to formally recognize them.
Thats what these vets are fighting for, a way to get some sort of recognition.
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Old 02-22-2009, 10:12 PM   #4
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Not exactly sure how, I think via the US army
They would of gone over the border to enlist in the US Army.

Estimates range from 30-40,000.

Peter Lemon was the only Canadian awarded the medal of honor in the war:
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For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Lemon (then Sp4), Company E, distinguished himself while serving as an assistant machine gunner during the defense of Fire Support Base Illingworth. When the base came under heavy enemy attack, Sgt. Lemon engaged a numerically superior enemy with machine gun and rifle fire from his defensive position until both weapons malfunctioned. He then used hand grenades to fend off the intensified enemy attack launched in his direction. After eliminating all but 1 of the enemy soldiers in the immediate vicinity, he pursued and disposed of the remaining soldier in hand-to-hand combat. Despite fragment wounds from an exploding grenade, Sgt. Lemon regained his position, carried a more seriously wounded comrade to an aid station, and, as he returned, was wounded a second time by enemy fire. Disregarding his personal injuries, he moved to his position through a hail of small arms and grenade fire. Sgt. Lemon immediately realized that the defensive sector was in danger of being overrun by the enemy and unhesitatingly assaulted the enemy soldiers by throwing hand grenades and engaging in hand-to-hand combat. He was wounded yet a third time, but his determined efforts successfully drove the enemy from the position. Securing an operable machine gun, Sgt. Lemon stood atop an embankment fully exposed to enemy fire, and placed effective fire upon the enemy until he collapsed from his multiple wounds and exhaustion. After regaining consciousness at the aid station, he refused medical evacuation until his more seriously wounded comrades had been evacuated. Sgt. Lemon's gallantry and extraordinary heroism, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
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http://www.canadianvietnamveterans.c...hEastAsia.html
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Old 02-23-2009, 11:50 AM   #5
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Mehar :

What kind of " recognition " are you talking about ?

Explain your idea, please ?

Jim b. Toronto.
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Old 02-24-2009, 07:48 PM   #6
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Mehar :

What kind of " recognition " are you talking about ?

Explain your idea, please ?

Jim b. Toronto.
Well basically what the veterans want, to be recognized on Remembrance day and to show Canadian citizens had gone in big numbers to fight in Vietnam.

I personally don't have any ideas since the Vietnam Veterans have a good enough reason to be campaigning and I agree, Canada did play a pretty big role in Vietnam, if not officially recongizing them at least do something about the school system to mention Canadians had gone and chemicals were tested, etc.
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Old 09-05-2015, 06:00 PM   #7
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Mehar! You might also acknowledge the 100 man ICCS contingent one of whom was killed. While your at it you might acknowledge my destoyer HMCS Tera Nova sent in support of the ICCS (two days noticeand we found out mid pacific where we were going) and our subsequent replacement after 6 months by HMCS Kootenay. We lost one of our ships company and dropped 1/3 of our ships company all over south east asia. It was scary to come down off watch and find more bunks empty. the essential problem was the first shipmate to get it died, LS Memnook. The point is these WERE Canadians serving their nation in Vietnam. Recognition of Canadians who served in a foreign army really aren't the same thing. As a matter of fact I believe there may still be a statute that forbids Canadians to serve in another country's armed forces without express permission of the Canadian Government.
I live in Windsor Ontario and i am getting tired frankly of hearing about Canadian Vietam veterans truth be known I may be the ONLY legitimate Canadian Vietnam veteran in Windsor.
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Hello hooky14.
I live in Windsor ontario and sailed Kootenay in 73 when we relieved Terra Nova in the Philippines. I didn't know there was so much history on it online. Very cool!
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Old 07-05-2017, 11:50 AM   #9
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Hello hooky14.
I live in Windsor ontario and sailed Kootenay in 73 when we relieved Terra Nova in the Philippines. I didn't know there was so much history on it online. Very cool!
Hello Willy, welcome to the conversation (although an old post, but new info is great). My brother was also on the Kootenay on that deployment. He actually bought me a wedding present in Hong Kong (he had it made at a shop in HK) as the ship stopped their on its way to Vietnam.
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