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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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 05-30-2009, 07:59 PM   #7
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Why did the Canadians join the U.S army to go and fight in Vietnam in the first place?
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Old 05-31-2009, 01:25 PM   #8
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Why did the Canadians join the U.S army to go and fight in Vietnam in the first place?
Simple, why do people go to war in the first place?

It's a complex question and one could have many reasons, they may have agreed with the Allies decision to fight communism and not Canada's decision to take a more hands off approach to combat, maybe they wanted to fight in a war to "earn their respect", etc.
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:55 AM   #9
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The Canadian government never recognized Spanish Civil War veterans even though they were fighting German Nazis and Italian Fascists. Quite simply, it wasn't our war.
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Canada (To anything I've heard) never officialy sent 'soldiers' into Vietnam, but did send military engineers, medics, non-combative military personal and such. To build bridges and hospitals and so on for thoes fighting... While also did send a small force of Canadian soldiers to defend these people but not for combative reasons.

But who knows for sure
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