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Cold War and Family Program

on 09 Mar 2020









The Honourable Lawrence MacAulayMinister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

In a communiqué you wrote:"One of the key things we heard during testing is that visitors wanted to read more about those who served. We will make sure these stories are told."

I have written a book on my 38 years of service to Canada titled "Mud On My Boots". Here is part of the foreword:


Inspired by General Paul Manson Globe and Mail article "Canada's Forgotten Cold Warriors" written in 2015 and revised in 2018, I started to write about my own career which spanned 38 years of the Cold War period.

Six years deployed to Europe on NATO missions; six years traveling the Arctic preserving Canadian assets; many years on postings to NORAD line of defence radar stations; developing new recruits to insure continuity while instructing electronics; filling Headquarters posts to allow younger members to participate in active missions; are some of the tasks that filled my career, In this book, you will find an autobiographical story of my life, how it started, how it got me there, and how it ended so far, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, sometimes more seriously.

Overall, I don't regret any part of it, errors of the young age, or foolishness of later times, the experiences have fashioned me and filled my life with challenging endeavors and situations of which I can say, "never a dull moment".

The book covers mainly my service during the Cold War and the many family moves one is subjected to during a military career, two subjects that are much in discussion at this time.

I have my manuscript in digital form and would gladly forward it upon request.


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