8:30 p.m., Nov. 12)
Local war veteran
among those in attendance at Navan Remembrance ceremony
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
G. Smith will be 97 years old in January and the only
living veteran from Ottawa that fought in both the Second
World War and the Korea War.
and Korean War veterran Eric Smith was among
those in attendance at the Navan Remembrance
Day ceremony on Nov. 11. File photo
Saturday, the former fighter pilot attended the Remembrance
Day ceremony at the Navan Cenotaph as he's done every
year since returning to the village where he grew up.
elements worked out well for the day, I was quite impressed
with the ceremony, the attendance seems to get bigger
every year," Smith said during a reception in the Navan
Memorial Arena following the service.
was joined by his wife of 65 years, Dinah, their daughter
Erin and their grand-daughter Kristen.
dad is an impressive man and had a distinguished military
career," said Erin Zintel. "He flew over 60 missions during
his military career, was never shot down or held as a
prisoner of war."
distinguished gentleman and war hero has made Navan his
home for decades. He grew up on his family's home near
the corner of Smith and Milton Road before volunteering
for military service in 1941.
the end of the WWII, Smith remained with the RCAF as a
flight instructor, then in 1952 he accepted an invitation
to fly combat missions in the Korean War as an exchange
pilot with the United States Air Force at the age of 31.
flew over 30 missions along the Korean Peninsula during
the outbreak which lasted from June 25, 1950 until July
his retirement from the Armed Forces in 1968, he sold
real estate and operated a beef farm until 1991 before
deciding to settle down on Henn Drive which is just across
the street from Cenotaph.
asked about the current tensions between U.S. President
Donald Trump and North Korea Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un,
Smith witnessed first-hand, the results of recklessness
and ill thought out plans when it comes to international
can't understand the way they both behave, it's ridiculous,"
situation between the United States and North Korea must
be resolved amicably. Trump seems to be working well with
China. If he can't do the same with North Korea he should
just ignore their leader. If one fires off a nuclear weapon,
it could be curtains for the rest of us."
military veterans Michael Godden and Bill Jacobs were
also in attendance at the Navan ceremony. Godden spent
20 years in the RCAF.
brother was killed in the (Second World) War and my wife
Sandra is a Silver Cross Mother after losing her father
in battle as well. He lies in an unmarked grave in Holland,"
lost a good friend, Lance Corporal R. H. Allan, in November,
1959 while the two men were serving with the United Nations
Emergency Force in the Middle East.
were ambushed by a group of Egyptian fighers and tried
to get away but they riddled our jeep with 97 bullet holes,"
was killed in the hail of bullets, but Jacobs somehow
miraculously survived. "To this day I can't figure out
how I missed getting hit with one of those bullets."
Corporal Allan is among 115 Canadian military personnel
who lost their lives while on peacekeeping missions around
the world. It is in their honour, along with the thousands
of men and women who died in active service, that we pay
homage to every Remembrance Day.
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