‘It did everything for me’
Retired Royal Canadian Air Force member remembers living in the shadow of Second World War, serving during Korea
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.
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.