Letters to Mom

During the Second World War, 21-year-old Allan Coburn was one of a million young men and women whose sense of duty and hankering for adventure drew them to serve in the Canadian Army. He was “the second son of a farmer, with no passion for farming,” said his son Douglas Coburn of Winnipeg. “So,...
  • The Ransom Collar

    January 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    by Albert E. Brock   Kidnapping is a rare occurrence in Canada. It was certainly rare in 1955 when I worked as a detective in Forest Hill, a small but very affluent part of Toronto. Most of the crime involved break, enter and theft, and...
  • Uncovering A Lost Trail

    January 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    by John Albrecht   Among my childhood memories is an image of my grandmother standing in our backyard, yelling and waving her garden hoe at a formation of Lancaster bombers. The planes were en route to Royal Canadian Air Force Base Comox, B.C., a half...
  • Beirut Days

    November 1, 2000 by Legion Magazine
    by William M. Koch The author poses for a photo during a 1984 visit to the dividing line separating Christian East Beirut and Muslim West Beirut. In 1983, after 32 years of service in the Canadian navy, I asked my career manager for a posting...
  • The Case Of The Missing Canoe

    November 1, 2000 by Legion Magazine
    by Andrew F. Maksymchuk   In 1967, with just three years of police work behind me, I was given the unenviable task of being in charge of the most northerly detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police. My destination was Central Patricia, situated approximately 225 miles...
  • The Stringer’s Story

    November 1, 2000 by Legion Magazine
    by Douglas How   One Saturday in 1941 I was on weekend duty with the Halifax bureau of The Canadian Press when an unusual teletype message arrived from CP’s Toronto headquarters. It stated that one of the three Toronto newspapers was carrying an East Coast...
  • A Handclasp In Coriano

    January 1, 2000 by Legion Magazine
    by Dan Black It is early afternoon and there is a moment of profound silence at Coriano Ridge War Cemetery in northern Italy. Here–among the weeping willows and rows of white headstones–time seems to have come to a full stop as several Canadian war veterans...
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