‘It did ev­ery­thing for me’

Re­tired Royal Cana­dian Air Force mem­ber re­mem­bers liv­ing in the shadow of Sec­ond World War, serv­ing dur­ing Korea

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Gordon Martin, who lives in Brook­lyn, picked up the nick­name Chick dur­ing his days in the Royal Cana­dian Air Force, and it has stuck with him ever since.

Martin is one of those vet­er­ans who is both in­cred­i­bly proud of his ser­vice, but also in­fin­itely hum­ble.

“Well, I don’t know why you’re in­ter­view­ing me, I’m quite shocked re­ally,” Martin said as the in­ter­view begins, shrug­ging.

The Sec­ond World War was at its height when Martin was a child, but he can still re­mem­ber, quite vis­cer­ally, the im­pacts the far-away con­flict had on Hal­i­fax, where he grew up.

“Hal­i­fax was such a strate­gic lo­ca­tion for forces to gather and (be) sup­plied to go over­seas, and that’s what we saw when we were kids,” he said.

COLIN CHISHOLM

Gordon “Chick” Martin shows a pic­ture of him­self and two of his fel­low RCAF team­mates Haw­ley Turner and Bernard Oak­ley of the Mar­itime Air Com­mand team, which played against Stada­cona, Shear­wa­ter, Green­wood and other mil­i­tary-based hockey teams.

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