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Maria Singson’s winning entry Behind the Wall, Senior Black and White Poster category.

Great-grandfather inspires art

Stephen J. Thorne, Legion magazine ~ Meghan (Maria) Singson is heading to York University this fall to study philosophy. It’s only natural, then, that the graduate of Francis Libermann Catholic High School in Scarborough, Ont., brings depth and impact to her art. A self-described casual artist, Singson, 18, won the senior black and white poster category […]

Petty Officer Brian Whitman (left) and Leading Seaman Lorne Lee (right) from HMCS Yellowknife do some heavy lifting. Photo by MS Robin Moncrief

ReStore gets naval help

MS Robin Moncrief, HMCS Yellowknife ~ The crews of HMCS Yellowknife and HMCS Whitehorse spent Saturday Oct. 27 giving back to the community by volunteering their time and muscles at the Grand Opening of the third ReStore located at 50 Burnside Road West. Petty Officer First Class Brian Whitman has a long history of volunteering with […]

With meticulous care, Beurling chalks up his “kills” on the fuselage of his Spitfire.

The short heroic life of Buzz Beurling

Don Gillmor, Legion Magazine ~ George (Buzz) Beurling was credited with 31½ “kills” in the Second World War, more than any other Canadian pilot, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, Distinguished Flying Cross and two Distinguished Flying Medals. He was a gifted pilot, a superb marksman and fearless in battle. He died young, at 26. […]

Retired Canadian Army Major Gary Del Vallano works on a project for Royal United Services Institute Vancouver Island (RUSI-VI) at his home in Victoria. Del Vllano, 80, enjoyed a 38-year military career and is the director of RUSI-VI Military Oral History program. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

Oral history archive bridging gap between young and old

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A joint research initiative connecting university history students with veterans and currently serving military members continues to write new chapters in Canadian military history. Royal United Services Institute Vancouver Island (RUSI-VI) oversees the Military Oral History program involving third-year students at the University of Victoria. Students are assigned topics in early […]

Elders and Indigenous soldiers in the uniform of the Canadian Expeditionary Force circa 1916-17.

Indigenous war stories

Steven Fouchard, Army Public Affairs ~ A Quebec-based amateur historian has set himself the ambitious goal of documenting every North American Indigenous soldier who has served since Europeans first discovered the continent in 1492. In his role as president of Association de recherche des anciens combattants amérindiens, Yann Castelnot of Riviere-du-loup has already compiled the names […]

Remembering Galiano

Remembering Galiano

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Last week marked the 100th anniversary of HMCS Galiano’s sinking, the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) only ship lost on the West Coast during the First World War. But the patrol vessel didn’t fall prey to German torpedoes or underwater mines; instead her demise is described as a unique “tale of accidents […]

Sea King helicopter, a fond farewell

Sea King helicopter, a fond farewell

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ When the Royal Canadian Air Force’s remaining Sea King helicopters are phased out, retired Air Force pilot Major (Retired) Paul O’Reilly admits it will be akin to losing a close friend. That’s because he spent much of his 34-year career in the Canadian Armed Forces flying the Cold War era, Sikorsky-built […]

Officer prepares for sentry duty at Ottawa cenotaph

Officer prepares for sentry duty at Ottawa cenotaph

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Standing solemnly at the corner of a cenotaph on Remembrance Day is a task steeped in military tradition; a highly visible public duty that requires physical stamina and a stellar service record. This year, joining the six Canadian Armed Forces members and one member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at […]

LCdr James Classen, (left) thanks USS Michael Murphy during their approach with MV Asterix. Bernard Wentzell, MV Asterix’s civilian master, is on the right. Photo submitted

Former Protecteur sailors reunite with USS Michael Murphy

PO1 Nicolas Major, NRU Asterix ~ After a catastrophic engine room fire on board HMCS Protecteur left it adrift and without power on Feb. 27, 2014, USS Michael Murphy was first on the scene.  When they arrived the day after the fire, it gave those on board Protecteur, including me, a sense of relief. Help had […]

A cook in HMCS Nanaimo works to splint the arm of a crew member with a mock injury. Casualty clearing is a secondary responsibility for the cooks. Photo by Capt Jennifer Jackson

Cooks at sea – the full picture

Capt Jenn Jackson, Operation Caribbe PAO ~ When we think of a cook, we think of preparing and serving food. However, when it comes to cooks in a Royal Canadian Navy warship, meal preparation is only part of their work. They also have the grim job of casualty clearing during an emergency, the brawns of line […]