Regimental Sergeant Major Archie Moore CD
1931 - 2017 RIP
Canadian Army Reserve - Royal Canadian Navy
Richard “Archie” Moore was born on 20
March 1931 and was raised in Halifax Nova Scotia.
At the age of 17 years, (1948) Archie
joined the Canadian Army Reserves in Halifax and began his
training as an army medic. Continued on with his civilian
life as a butcher and then as a professional boxer until the
age of 26.
In 1955, Archie joined the Royal Canadian
Navy full time and was assigned to the HMCS Nootka, a tribal
class destroyer. Archie was a torpedo gunner during his two
year stint on the Nootka. However, sea-sickness became an
issue during that time, and in 1957, Archie was transferred
to the Canadian Army.
CFB Petawawa - Nuclear Reactor
In 1958, while stationed at CFB
Petawawa, the nuclear reactor at Chalk River Ontario,
which was 10 miles from Petawawa had a nuclear leak, at
which time, all citizens were evacuated from the area.
Archie’s company, 1st Battalion Canadian Guards were
assigned to guard the abandoned reactor, and Archie’s squad
was assigned to secure the inner perimeter of the reactor.
For three weeks, Archie and his squad was subjected to
radiation that was leaking out of the reactor. In 2010,
Archie was finally recognized for his duty inside the
reactor and was compensated for this by the Canadian
Government. He is a member of the “Atomic Veterans
Canadian Guards - Germany "Cold War"
Archie was transferred with the
Canadian Guards to Germany in 1959 for three years, at
the height of the “Cold War”. One night while on patrol in a
jeep equipped with an anti-tank rocket, his three man patrol
encountered two very aggressive Russian T-33 tanks that
rapidly approached their jeep at the fortified border. The
tanks stopped facing his jeep and actually lowered the tank
turrent so that the cannon was aimed directly at his jeep.
Archie’s radioman called for help while holding off the two
aggressive tanks. With what seemed an eternity, finally
Archie heard the rumblings of several American tanks which
rumbled up behind him. Archie stated that both tanks went
muzzle to muzzle in a standoff for several minutes when the
Russian tanks backed off. Archie later stated that that was
one of the scariest times of his life.
War-Torn Cyprus - United Nations
In 1964, Archie was deployed with the
Canadian Guards to war torn Cyprus as a member of
the United Nations. While on patrol, Archie and his 8 man
patrol were overpowered by members of the Turkish army in an
ambush and were actually taken prisoner. While suffering no
casualties, Archie and his members were stripped of their
weapons and were being escorted back to a Turkish compound.
By stroke of luck, they were being escorted by three young
Turks. When the opportunity arose, Archie, using his boxing
skills managed to knock out one of his captors, while his
radioman broke the radio over another’s head while the third
Turk was overpowered by the rest of the team. After tying up
the three Turks, the squad actually recovered their weapons
and ran back to the Canadian lines.
While on patrol in Cypress, Archie and
his convoy of two jeeps were on road that was the scene of
fighting between the Turks and the Greeks. The way out was
uneventful, however upon returning to the Canadian Compound,
Archie discovered that the Greeks had established a military
roadblock and hostilities were high. Once again, being taken
prisoner was not an option, so Archie gave the order to ram
the barricades with their jeeps. When the two jeeps broke
through the roadblock, the Greeks opened fire on the U.N.
jeeps, however, Archie and his patrol were unhurt.
Ace Mobile Force - Rapid Deployment
In 1967, Archie became a member of the
Ace Mobile Force, which was a rapid deployment
reactionary company , with the Canadian Guards, that could
be sent on a moments notice to any part of the world. Archie
went for jungle warfare training in Georgia for South East
Asia as well as to Norway where they learned Arctic Warfare
from the Norwegian Armed Forces.
In 1969 the Canadian Guards were
disbanded and Archie was patched over to the Royal Canadian
Regiment at CFB Petawawa. In 1970, Archie was involved in
protecting the Prime Minister when the FLQ crisis broke out
In 1973, Archie was again patched over to
the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry in Winnipeg
Manitoba where he ended his active military career in 1978.
From 1978 to 1984, Archie served as the
Chief Warrant Officer with Winnipeg 735 Communication
Regiment, a reserve unit.
Archie Moore's Awarded Medals
From Left to Right
Special Service Medal - Peace Keeping Medal - UN Forces Cypress
Medal - CD Medal
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