Canadian Vietnam Veterans Association





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I am interested in getting in touch with a colleague with whom I worked . His name was Michael Champion. Michael was a Sargent assigned with to the international Control Commission (ICC) in Saigon Vietnam in 1964/65 .
He was later assigned to the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. this was during 1978/79.
Michael was a very good friend. We lost touch wit( each other after Washington, after I was reassigned to Wellington New Zealand. .
I would be very grateful if I could be provided with his coordinance.
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Admin reply: We will make some inquiries and see if we can locate him.
Thanks for your post


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I am researching and reaching out to other Canadians who served in the U.S. armed forces in Vietnam for a book I am writing about the experiences of veterans after the war.
I would like to contact some of the people I see listed in the guest book.


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Our family moved to the Indianapolis area in 1961, then on to Portland Oregon in 1965. I joined the sea cadets while in high school and made my mind up to be a sailor. ( I was even selected to spend three weeks at the Quadra Canadian Sea Cadet Base on Vancouver Island. After much hazing I finished pretty well in the training cycle.)
That decision ended in a twenty-one year career as an enlisted man and line officer. My ship ( USS Blue Ridge, LCC-19), made two deployments in 1972 and 1973. We were active in supporting the ground forces and came under fire from a shore battery in July '72. We also participated in the mine clearance of Hanoi Harbor.

Admin reply: Thanks for sharing your experience Dave, it's great to hear stories of Canadians who served in the US military


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I would like to thank Hal & Maddy Laffin for their friendship, kindness & help. Friendship comes in many different packages & these people are the real package, believe me. Thank you CCVA & God bless. Thanks again Hal & Maddy. :D

Admin reply: I totally agree with your comments John. Hal and Maddy Laffin have been of great service to this country's veterans especially the Canadian Vietnam Veterans. When ever I need some help or information Hal is one of the first persons I turn to and he always come thru.
Thanks for your post John


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Sponsered to US in 1962. Obtained green card. Worked at American biltrite, Chelsea, Mass. Enlisted in US Army 1963 for basic at Ft. Dix, N.J., then outo Ft. Leonardwood for AIT. Joined US Army Corps of Engineers as a crane & shovel operator & sailed to Korea on USS Mann, three weeks. Landed at Inchon last of june 1965. Thats when the fun started but thats another story.Discharged at Fort Hood, 1967. Did some traveling in US but wasn't all that impressed because of the resistance when got offf the plane in Seattle from Japan. Flew to Forthood for discharge & drove home to NFLD. Renewed old friendships,returned to trade school, found true love, got married & love life & family. The short time in Nam was a real eyeopener. RIP to all veterans,all gave some.......some gave all

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I came to the States in 1963 ,received my Green Card and enjoyed a carefree life then in July 1965 I was drafted into the US Army.Like all non-citizens I had the option of simple leaving the Country but that I couldn't do. I took my basic at Ft Knox,went to Ft Carson with 7th Combat Engineers then Ft Bragg with the 14th Combat Engineers September 1966 saw us on a 3 1/2 week ship ride to Vietnam.In Vietnam I was all over II Corps ,from Pleiku to Phan Thiet .I am now an American Citizen living in Kentucky

Admin reply: Thanks for the post Glen and glad you made it back home.


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Admin reply: Welcome Home James. You are lucky to have survived all those tours!


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I missed going to Vietnam by only a few years and I remember the turmoil of those years. I'm so humbled by reading your stories. There is no better example of bravery than those who run toward the fight instead of from it. Thousands of Canadians crossed the border to fight for the US and essentially replaced an equal number of Americans who ran away. More Americans need to know your story. You will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you! Ken Solem USAF

Admin reply: Thanks for your post Ken. You are right that very few people are aware of Canada's role in that conflict. We are trying to change this a little at a time with our travelling "Memorial Wall".


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Sending off my membership application. Wish I had looked into this 25 years ago. :)

Admin reply: Ok Thanks Bill


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This is a wonderful event, which RYDR and I were unable to attend. Even thou, we had "GLORIA" ready to ride; with her electric underwear. Then RYDR, over ate his camo vest with heaters. Therefore; Mom & Dad (Helen & O'Neil Rainsberry), whom have been my consul and resource for some years, needed my assistance and RYDR's security for a Doc Appt.; Which was the wrong day. Yet, Mom; said to tell all of you!!! Be have, or else!!!!

We are very proud of the; "Governor" of the; "Great State of South Dakota", to be so bold to make this a day to remember! As, well, as her wonderful assistance of; informing fellow Congress/Senate/Governors/Representatives; of the proud and honorable proclamation.

Semper Fi/ "Ruff" RYDR Rainsberry/ and his sorry * * * Vet;
Tom "Rainman" Rainsberry.


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