Had 2 Canadians in my Company circa 2004-2005.
One 12B10 Air Assault Qual- Apparently some issues with Canadian Officials when his US ARNG unit was called up for Iraq. Did his job as an 11B10 without a shred of complaint.
The other a 11B3P from Toronto, served 7 months before being medically evacuated to the USA. Retired a SFC.
Great brothers who we harrassed unmercifully along with calling everyone who lived above da Bronx, a Canuck.
The surprise of their tour was when a Canadian 3star in Uniform (apparently the MNC-I or Centcom XO?) walked into the tent in Kuwait to give us our Briefing before crossing the berm.
Our past 2 CDS's have served with with the Americans.
Natynczyk attended the U.S. Army War College, and was subsequently appointed Deputy Commanding General, III Corps and Fort Hood. In January 2004, he deployed with III Corps to Baghdad, Iraq, serving first as the Deputy Director of Strategy, Policy and Plans, and subsequently as the Deputy Commanding General of the Multi-National Corps (Iraq) during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Natynczyk led the Corps' 35,000 soldiers, consisting of 10 separate brigades, stationed throughout the Iraq Theatre of OperationsDeputy Commanding General of III Armoured Corps of the United States Army, at Fort Hood, Texas
There was a Canadian in my USMC company in the mid 90s. More recently, as a contractor, I worked with a guy who was Canadian. He'd served in PPLCI in the late 70s, and, when he got out, came south and eventually joined the U.S. Navy, went to BUDS, and became a member of SEAL Team 1 in the early or mid 80s. Both were good guys, and I want to say both did what they did becasue they thought the U.S. Military offered more opportunities than the CF at the time.
I've encountered CF a few times in Kandahar, and I thought they were really solid, good dudes. Very professional.
Another fellow who was in boot camp and SOI with me was from New Zealand. I didn't know it until we were on a working party before SOI picked up. We had to make little podiums to stand on. He banged his thumb with a hammer and his Kiwi accent came out in it's full glory.
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My best friend in the USMC for a while was a Canadian, LCpl O'Connor, from Toronto. His parents were British, from Liverpool.
Some good stories, thanks.
Good post btw
I tried to make a post already, guess it didn't make it. I was born and raised in Ottawa but am currently serving in Iraq in the US Army. When I started posting here I was still in highschool in Ottawa and probably didn't think I would be here now. Anyways, I hear a Canadian joke at least a couple times a day but its all in good fun as long as you fire back with a redneck joke.
One of the rangers that robbed a bank near Fort Lewis a couple years back is Canadian. I also thought some dudes from Wisconsin in my AIT company were Canadians.
There are a number of Canadians who died in Iraq as members of the US Armed Forces.
Some do it for the adventure, others do it for the opportunities of advancement both within the US Military, Others do it for the GI Bill; since Canada doesn't have anything similar to the GI bill unless you enlisted ROTP or NCMSEP.Why would anyone in Canada go to the US in order to join the US military? Adventure?
I work with a Yank that did 2-and-a-half tours as a career navy man in Vietnam. He was home on leave as an escort for a dead buddy when he got his orders for another tour in the Brown water navy. He said"**** that" after having 4 swift boats shot out from underneath him and came north for an extended vacation.
I also knew a Green Beanie that spent 4 years in VN. Unfit for civvie street. Been living in the bush of British Columbia since about '73. Refused his last posting and came North.
You'd have to be pretty badass to call either of them a coward to their face, hotshot.
But that's what I mean by "over-simplification"