PRINCE THOMAS

PRINCE THOMAS GEORGE
2ND WORLD WAR - KOREA

 

 

As soon as I put on my uniform , I felt a better man . Tommy Prince

Thomas George Prince was one of 11 children of Henry and Arabella Prince of the Brokenhead Band Scanterbury , Manitoba. He was a descendant of Peguis , the Saulteaux chief who led his band of 200 Ojibwa from Sault Ste Marie to the Red River in the 1790s , and chief William Prince , who had led the Ojibwa - Manitoba team Nile Voyageurs .

Prince enlisted in June 1940 at the age of 24 and began his service as a sapper with the Royal Canadian Engineers . After two years of service in the Corps, he answered a call for volunteers paratroopers and , towards the end of 1942, he trained with the 1st Canadian Special Service Battalion .

Shortly after this select battalion was merged with an American elite unit to form a vanguard battalion consisting of 1600 men with special skills. It was officially the 1st Special Service Brigade , for the Germans, it would be the "Devil's Brigade ." At first, this brigade was to consist of paratroopers behind enemy lines to sabotage their facilities. Instead, it became a versatile assault group and acquired a reputation for specializing in reconnaissance and raiding . Prince was well prepared to take part.

February 8, 1944 , near Littoria , Italy, Reconnaissance Sergeant Prince was spying on the Germans. An abandoned 200 meters from the enemy farm served as a vantage point , and 1400 meters of telephone wire allowed him to stay in communication with the brigade. He saw very well the locations of enemy artillery and promptly reported .

In what would be a solo 24-hour surveillance , communication lines were cut by Prince bombing. The sergeant did not made for so little , and donning clothes , grabbed a fork and in full view of German soldiers , he began to weed the field. Slowly, he walked along the wire until it reaches the point where it was damaged. He then pretending to tie his shoelaces , and quickly rejoined the wires . He then continued to send its reports and damage to the enemy continued to accumulate. A total of four German positions were destroyed and Prince won the MM . As the quote explains: " The Sergeant Prince's courage and utter disregard for personal safety were an inspiration to his comrades and a great benefit to his unit ."

Six months later, the Devil's Brigade entered the south of France . On September 1 , during a reconnaissance tour behind the German lines near L' Escarène , Sergeant Prince and a soldier spotted the location of guns and camp a reserve battalion of the enemy. Prince walked a distance of 70 kilometers on a rugged and mountainous terrain , to report information and led the brigade camp.

Then he took part in the battle .

Thereafter, Prince was recommended to be awarded the Silver Star, a U.S. military decoration awarded for bravery in battle .

The quote was glowing :

The patrol report was so true that Sergeant Prince's regiment moved forward on 5 September 1944 occupied new heights and successfully destroy the enemy. The sense of responsibility and duty Sergeant Prince , in addition to being consistent with the highest traditions of military service, honors and the Armed Forces of the Allied nations.

When the fighting in the south of France , Prince was summoned to Buckingham Palace, where King George VI awarded him the Military Medal and , on behalf of the President of the United States, the Silver Star with ribbon. Tommy Prince was one of 59 Canadians who were awarded the Silver Star during World War II . Only three members of this group also received the MM .

In December 1944, the Devil's Brigade was disbanded, and its members were scattered among the other battalions . The war in Europe ended while Prince was in England .

Three of the eleven medals Tommy Prince earned during his military career , or the Korea Medal , the Service Medal of the United Nations , and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea , he was awarded in respect of service he has done in the context of United Nations operations in Korea. In August 1950 , a week after the government announced its decision to establish a special force , Prince, then aged 34 , volunteered . He enlisted in the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry ( PPCLI ) , the first unit of the Canadian Army who arrived in the region.

Prince quickly knew the fight. In February 1951, the PPCLI joined the 27th Commonwealth Brigade on the battlefield . Shortly after arriving in the war zone , the sergeant, who was second in command of a rifle platoon , led eight men a " patrol intervention" at night in an enemy camp. The raid was a success. The group returned before dawn with two machine guns . Other raids followed. However, according to the authors of a biography of Prince, he was assigned to patrol least because the commander decided that Prince took too many risks that could endanger the lives of the soldiers he commanded.

Prince served in the 2nd Battalion of the PPCLI , the 3rd Royal Australian Regiment, was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation United States Distinguished towards success in the Kapyong Valley on 24 and 25 April 1951 services during one of the fiercest fighting of the war. The men of Princess Patricia had to maintain a defensive position at Hill 677 to a South Korean division could withdraw during an attack by Chinese and North Korean forces. Although at one point the battalion was surrounded and ammunition and emergency rations that could not be brought through the air, the battalion of the Princess Patricia stood firm . The enemy withdrew. DuPPCLI ten men were killed and 23 others wounded during the two-day battle . It was the first time a Canadian unit received this award .

Prince 's stay at the front was intense but brief. It was subject to painful swelling knee and he suffered early arthritis. It was terribly painful for him to endure the constant ski slopes steep landscape characteristics of Korea. After undergoing a medical examination in May 1951, he was hospitalized and later , he was put on administrative tasks. He returned to Canada in August.

Prince went on to serve in the active forces as an administrative sergeant at Camp Borden , Ontario. There, the rest was soon due to his knee problems , and in March 1952, he volunteered for a second tour in the Far East . He sailed for Korea in October with the 3rd Battalion of the PPCLI.

In November 1952 , the training of the 3rd Battalion PPCLI in Korea was interrupted by the fighting on " Hook ," an important position west of the Sami-chon River where we could see much the rear of the UN forces . Chinese battalion succeeded in gaining a hold on the positions before another unit of UN forces on November 18. The 3rd Battalion of the PPCLI was ordered to defend the area. At the dawn of the 19th, with the help of the PPCLI , the unity of the UN took over the position. Five Patricias were killed and nine others were wounded in the fighting on the hook , which Sergeant Prince.

Prince recovered from his injury , but he began to have continual problems due to arthritis in my knees. Between January and April , he spent several weeks in hospital . The armistice was signed in Korea in July 1953, and the following November , Prince returned to Canada . He remained in the army, stationed in an actual filing in Winnipeg , until September 1954.

Tommy Prince died at the Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg in November 1977 at the age of 62 years. At his funeral , members of the Princess Patricia served as pallbearers and the casket of a Canadian flag for the memorial service . It was an impressive tribute :

As the trumpets were silent , five young men in Brokenhead Indian Reserve began to sing the chant " Death of a Warrior" while the drums chanting a sad lament. ... The crowd of over 500 people included people of all social positions : soldiers , veterans , Lieutenant- Governor of Manitoba Jobin , the consuls of France , Italy and the United States , farmers , fishermen , trappers, businessmen and many others.
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