When WWII broke out in 1939, one of my older brothers attempted to join the U.S. Army without success. He traveled to Canada where he enlisted in the 12th Canadian (Tank) Regiment (Canadian Three Rivers Regiment) on 26 August 1941. After initial training he was shipped to England. In 1943 he took part in the Invasion of North Africa, followed by the Invasion of Sicily on 12 July where he fought over the rugged countryside. He was severely wounded on 16 July, and evacuated back to North Africa. He saw action in Italy. He was awarded the 1939 -1945 Star, Africa Star, Italian Star, Empire Defense Medal, Empire War Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp, and the U.S. European Theatre of Operations Medal. He was discharged with disability on 11 September 1945.
When he met up with U.S. forces in North Africa, it was suggested that he should return to them, but he refused. It seemed that the bonds of combat were very strong. So much so that on his death bed, he lamented that he was not able to remain with his unit when the war ended.
A shadow box containing his awards. It is interesting to note the position of his pistol in the photo at lower left, which required a cross-draw as he was right handed.
His Canadian uniform including his original Three Rivers Regiment beret. The photo in his belt shows him just prior to his shipping out to England.