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REMEMBERING THE RCASC IN NORMANDY

RCASC PLAQUE TO BE UNVEILED AT JUNO BEACH

On 7 June, 2004, a plaque honouring those members of the RCASC who served on D-Day and in the Battle of Normandy will be unveiled at Juno Beach in Normandy. The plaque will be placed on the “BOLD” tank in Courseulles-sur-Mer.

In 1971, a Sherman tank of the First Hussars nicknamed “BOLD”, which had sunk on D-Day, was pulled from the water off Courseulles-sur-Mer (with the assistance of 4 Service Battalion). It was restored and placed in the town square of Courseulles as a memorial to the Canadians who landed on Juno Beach.

Over the years, bronze plaques have been placed on the tank commemorating the Canadian units, regiments and corps which took part in the landings. Until now, the RCASC was one of the very few corps still unrepresented on the tank.

On D-Day, June 6, 1944, RCASC soldiers of the 3rd Canadian Division and 2nd Armoured Brigade landed on Juno Beach as part of the great Allied assault on German-occupied France. That day, the Corps suffered 14 fatal casualties, with many more in the weeks and months to follow.

Throughout the summer of 1944, thousands of members of the RCASC served in the First Canadian Army in the Battle of Normandy in 1944, providing outstanding and essential combat service support that helped achieve the Allied victory in that campaign. Many did not return.

The project to have a plaque placed on BOLD was organized by a group of former members of the Corps in the Ottawa area. Many members of the Corps and others have generously contributed to the costs of producing the plaque and shipping it to France. The town of Courseulles has undertaken the actual mounting of the plaque. The committee thanks all who have supported this project, both financially and in other ways.

The plaque will be unveiled in a small ceremony at 0930 on 7 June. A small number of the Corps, headed by MGen (ret) Dick Leech along with an RCASC veteran of D-Day, John Kirkpatrick, will participate in the event. Mr. Kirkpatrick, who is one of the sponsored DVA veterans for the 60th anniversary, was the driver for the Divisional Commander.

Any members or friends of the Corps who might be in Normandy for the D-Day commemoration are cordially invited to attend the ceremony.

For further information, please contact Mike Paré at michael.pare@sympatico.ca