Remembrance Day 2016 ~

This blog is in memory of my Dad fondly remembered as TIB, Tommy or Ian.  Who at this time of year I think of a little more often. As Remembrance Day is just around the corner.

My Dad was accepted into the Canadian Army in November 1948.  He was 18 years old. He was sworn in to The Royal Canadian Engineers March 3, 1949. He retired on August 6, 1980.  dadblog

I have a journal Dad kept this is an excerpt from it.dsc_3124w

Dad served in the Korean War from April 1951 to May 1952.  He was a Sapper /Field Engineer.  He deactivated land mines and built bridges while serving there. In my opinion he had nerves of steel.  In July of this year I received this in the mail. It is an Ambassador For Peace medal from the Minister of Patriots & Veterans Affairs , Republic of Korea. I know Dad would be honoured to have received this medal in recognition for his time served in the Korean War. medal-1 dsc_3110wdsc_3114biggerdsc_3111biggerdsc_3112biggerdsc_3120w
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I have included photos from Dad’s album from the time he was in Korea. I thought they might be of interest to some.

dsc_3142-copy dsc_3144-copy dsc_3143-copy Building bridges ~dsc_3141-copy dsc_3140-copy dsc_3139-copy dsc_3136-copy-copy dsc_3134-copy-copydsc_3138-copyExcerpts from Dad’s journal ~ On the 25th of April 1952 ~ Cleaning up and turning in all equipment (except weapons) getting set for rotation home. 3 May 1952 ~ Left last area for “Brittania Camp” where our replacements (23 FD. SQN.) (C.A.REG) were waiting to exchange with us CDN. Army (regular)  5 May 1952 ~ Left Seoul by U.S.A. (E.U.S.A.K.) (8th U.S. Army Korea) train for Pusan, fired on several times on the way South by Guerrillas (North Korean sympathizers nobody killed or wounded) 7 May 1952 ~ embarked Pusan by troop transport (Chinese Nat. Navy) arrived Sasebo Japan, embarked troop train. 8 May 1952 ~ arrived Camp Hiro Kure Japan spent approx 2 weeks.  23 May 1952 ~ Left Kure by train for Yokohama Docks .  24 May 1952 ~ Boarded Troop transport U.S.N.S. MM Patrick for Pacific Ocean crossing. 5 June 1952 ~ Debarked Vancouver today 13 days at sea.  24 August 1952 Returned to 11 P.S. after 60 days leave admitted to Shawnesay Military Hospital (Malaria & Bronchitis) after sick leave posted back to regular Army @ Camp Chilliwack. 5 Feb. 1953 posted to 21 wks. Coy R.C.E. Camp Shilo Manitoba .  24 April 1953 Married today to the girl of my dreams !

spr-mrs-tib-jones4-copySome news paper clippings Dad kept.dsc_3135-copy-copyCanadian casualties 516 killed and 1255 wounded…
dsc_3132-copy-copyThe Canadians were awarded a U.S. Presidential citation by Harry Truman.

Canada in Korea

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_in_the_Korean_War

Lest We Forget ~

 

Freedom is Never Free

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians are asked to pause in memory of the thousands of men and women who have sacrificed their lives in military service.

Freedom is never free...


These photos are my family members who served in the Forces in different Theatres of War and Peacekeeping.

Dad~Sgt. TIB JonesWBrother Johnnie~JOHNBrother AudieAUDUncle KyleUncle KyleGrampa CornellGrampa CornellGreat Grampa Blacksgt.tc black RFA 1916R.F.A.1916 Cousin Chris ~Doug

 

This Remembrance Day I was sent a video in my email .  It is 11+ minutes long a tribute by Peter Legge (2013) and one from Don Cherry & Ron Maclean  (2006).  I thought they were worth posting.

Here are the links…

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Photo at top of this post taken from Peter Legge’s post on ” Freedom is never free “

Remembrance Day ~ Lest We Forget

 

 

I think of my Dad often since he passed away.  But Remembrance Day is the day I feel his presence the most.  Dad served in the Korean War.  My brothers were also in the Armed Forces.  Many of my relatives  served in different theatres of war and peacekeeping ~ this is in Remembrance of them as well ~

 

Dad  when he enlisted and when he retired ~Mom’s Dad ~ Grampa Cornell

JOHNBrother John

AUD

Brother Audie
Uncle Jim, Dad,  Great Grampa BlackCousin Chris
Great Grampa Black Dad

Dad & Mom

Thank you to all of our Armed Forces personnel and Veterans then and now  ! Without your service we would not enjoy the freedom we do today .  Lest we Forget ~

IN FLANDERS FIELDS POEM

The World’s Most Famous WAR MEMORIAL POEM
By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

Lieutenant Colonel John McCraeIn Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium

excerpt taken from

http://www.flandersfieldsmusic.com/thepoem.html

11 o’clock on the eleventh day of November was chosen because it is the exact time and date that the First World War ended with the signing of the Armistice with Germany in 1918.excerpt taken fromhttp://goaustralia.about.com/b/2011/11/10/remembranceday.htm