Re­co­gni­zing a li­fe­time of achie­ve­ment

Le Reflet (The News) - - LA UNE - VICKY CHARBONNEAU vicky.charbonneau@eap.on.ca

Lea­fing through the pages of his mi­li­ta­ry col­lec­tion, one can on­ly ack­now­ledge that San­ford “Sam” Ja­mie­son has proud­ly ser­ved his coun­try his en­tire life. His sto­ry consists of ma­ny chap­ters, some hap­py and some sad.

At 19, he joi­ned the na­vy in the sup­ply trade, at the height of the Se­cond World War in De­cem­ber of 1943. From 1944 to 1945, the Carls­bad Springs na­tive was pos­ted to the HMCS Meon where he conduc­ted convoy es­corts for sup­ply ves­sels. In or­der to keep the war ef­fort going, his ship cros­sed the At­lan­tic from Ha­li­fax to South Hamp­ton.

Upon the com­ple­tion of WW2, he was re­lea­sed from the Na­vy but soon re-en­lis­ted in 1951 and was pos­ted to the HMCS Iro­quois (des­troyer) ser­ving in the Ko­rean war.

Oc­to­ber 2nd, 1952 – Tra­ge­dy on HMCS Iro­quois

“At 9 o’clock in the mor­ning, we were all there ha­ving break­fast and at ele­ven o’clock, three were gone, 10 were woun­ded.” A 27-year-old Sam was on deck when the ship took fire from ene­my coas­tal ar­tille­ry. He was then thrown against the ship’s gun, ob­vious­ly dea­fe­ned by the ex­plo­sion and took shrap­nel to his face and leg. “The young lad in front of me, he hel­ped save my life,” quiet­ly re­cal­led Mr. Ja­mie­son.

“I tur­ned and pi­cked my­self up and there’s Bur­den. He was a real nice fel­low, a young lad. He nee­ded help so I went over to pick him up but there was on­ly half of him there. I was sho­cked. Three of the boys gone wi­thin 10 mi­nutes. People don’t know ‘till they see it. Took me years to get over it.”

Get­ting back up

Upon being re­lea­sed from a Hong-Kong hos­pi­tal a month la­ter, he then ser­ved on ma­ny ships du­ring the cold war, up un­til 1969. In­clu­ding six years on board HMCS Bo­na­ven­ture, he com­ple­ted mul­tiple tours, in­clu­ding UN and NATO ope­ra­tions.

From 1969 to 1972, he was pos­ted to CFS Glou­ces­ter, which he hel­ped close, and CFS Lei­trim in the Ot­ta­wa area. Du­ring that time, he hel­ped im­ple­ment a new sup­ply sys­tem. 1n 1977, he re­ti­red af­ter 34 years of ser­vice.

Ha­ving a strong de­sire to re­main in uni­form, he took his com­mis­sion in the ca­det ins­truc­tor corps and was pro­mo­ted to Cap­tain. He al­so ser­ved with the com­mis­sio­naires in CFS Lei­trim and wor­ked for DND using his sup­ply ex­per­tise for pur­cha­sing.

Com­rade Ja­mie­son is a life-mem­ber and for­mer pre­sident of Gree­ly branch of the Royal Ca­na­dian Le­gion. He still sup­ports the le­gion by as­sis­ting the an­nual pop­py drive each year and at­tends the Le­gion func­tions and events.

De­co­ra­tions and ho­nors

For his li­fe­time of de­di­ca­tion, Mr. Ja­mie­son was pre­sen­ted ma­ny ho­nors and ex­pres­sions of gra­ti­tude. As for his me­dals, they speak for them­selves: 1939-45 Star and War me­dal, At­lan­tic Star, Ca­na­dian Forces de­co­ra­tion with 2 clasps, Ca­na­dian Vo­lun­teer Ser­vice me­dal, Ko­rea Me­dals, Uni­ted Na­tion Ser­vice Me­dal and NATO ser­vice me­dal just to name a few.

Per­pe­tua­ting a fa­mi­ly tra­di­tion of mi­li­ta­ry ser­vice

A li­ving link to Ca­na­dian ve­te­rans of four ma­jor conflicts, Mr. Ja­mie­son’s fa­ther al­so ser­ved in the in­fan­try in WWI and ma­ny of his re­la­tives al­so ser­ved in the Ca­na­dian Ar­med Forces. On this Re­mem­brance Day, Sam will not on­ly re­mem­ber all his for­mer bro­thers in arms but al­so his wife He­len who pas­sed last Fe­brua­ry and who sup­por­ted him throu­ghout his ca­reer and his life.

—pho­to four­nie

M. Ja­mie­son lors­qu’il s’est en­rô­lé dans la Ma­rine royale ca­na­dienne à l’âge de 19 ans.

—pho­to Vicky Charbonneau

Après 34 ans de ser­vice, San­ford Ja­mie­son ra­conte les points saillants de sa car­rière mi­li­taire, aus­si riche en ac­tion qu’en émo­tions.

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