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  • Canada’s RangeRs: selected stories Compiled and introduced by P. W

    hitney Lackenbauer

    The Pacific Coast Militia Rangers were formed in 1942 to counter the threat of a

    Japanese invasion during the second World War. after a brief postwar interlude, the

    department of national defence created the Canadian Rangers in 1947 to accommo-

    date a unique form of military service in remote and isolated regions across Canada.

    Through sovereignty patrols and as guides and mentors to other members of the

    Canadian Forces, the Rangers support national security. In search and rescue mis-

    sions, responses to avalanches, floods, and forest fires, and myriad local activities,

    the Rangers contribute to safety and security in communities. as the stories in this

    volume affirm, the Canadian Rangers are stalwart sentinels watching over the farthest

    reaches of our country — a role they have proudly played for sixty-five years.

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  • Canada’s RangeRs selected stories

    1942-2012

  • Canada’s RangeRs selected stories

    1942-2012

    Compiled & Introduced by P. Whitney Lackenbauer

  • Copyright © 2013 Her Majesty the Queen, in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of National Defence.

    Canadian Defence Academy Press PO Box 17000 Stn Forces Kingston, Ontario K7K 7B4

    Produced for the Canadian Defence Academy Press by 17 Wing Winnipeg Publishing Office. WPO 30840

    Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication

    Canada's Rangers : selected stories, 1942-2012 / compiled and introduced by P. Whitney Lackenbauer.

    Produced for the Canadian Defence Academy Press by 17 Wing Winnipeg Publishing Office. Includes index. Available also on the Internet. Issued by: Canadian Defence Academy. ISBN 978-1-100-21570-9 Cat. no.: D2-312/2013E

    1. Canada. Canadian Armed Forces. Canadian Rangers--History. 2. Canada--Armed Forces--Native peoples. 3. Canada--Armed Forces-- Canada, Northern. 4. Canada--Armed Forces--Operations other than war. 5. Canada--Armed Forces--Guard duty. 6. National security--Canada. 7. Search and rescue operations--Canada. 8. Disaster relief--Canada. I. Lackenbauer, P. Whitney II. Canadian Defence Academy III. Canada. Canadian Armed Forces. Wing, 17

    UA602 C36 C36 2013 355.3'70971 C2013-980019-0

    Printed in Canada.

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  • Canada's Rangers: Selected Stories, 1942-2012 v|

    — COnTenTs — Preface

    Major-General P.J. Forgues, Commander, Canadian Defence Academy ....................................................xiii

    Foreword

    “These Are Canada’s ‘Very Special Forces’ of the North” Sergeant Peter Moon, .......................................................................................... xv

    Acknowledgements ..................................................................................................xvii

    Introduction

    P. Whitney Lackenbauer ...................................................................................xix

    Canada’s Rangers: Selected Stories

    1. “Rangers Will Be Roughest, Toughest Men in B.C.” Vancouver Sun, 17 April 1942 ................................................................................. 1

    2. Hal Straight, “Coast Rangers in a Class by Themselves” Vancouver Sun, 21 April 1942 ................................................................................. 3

    3. A.G. MacDonald, “The Eyes and Ears of Canada’s Pacific Coast Defence” British Columbia Lumberman, November 1942 ................................................... 5

    4. Peter Madison, “British Columbia’s Guerilla Army” Vancouver Sun, 23 January 1943 ........................................................................... 11

    5. Marion J. Angus, “‘The’ Rangers” National Home Monthly, July 1943 ....................................................................... 15

    6. Jack Strickland, “Vigilance is Their Motto” Vancouver Daily Province Saturday Magazine, 7 April 1945 ............................. 25

    7. Tony Skae, “Tribute Paid Rangers at ‘Stand Down’” Vancouver News-Herald, 1 October 1945 ............................................................ 29

    8. “Claxton Announces Formation of New Ranger Organization” Vancouver News-Herald, 9 April 1947 .................................................................. 31

    9. “First Ranger Group Formed at Dawson” Vancouver News-Herald, 7 October 1947 ............................................................ 33

    10. “Canada North Defence is Set” Montreal Gazette, 20 March 1948. ........................................................................ 35

    11. Robert Nielsen, “Know Every Creek, River, Hill Canada’s Rangers ‘Eyes of the North’” Toronto Daily Star, 12 May 1948 ........................................................................... 37

    12. “Unsung Ranger Arctic Warfare Defenders in ‘Guerilla Warfare’ for Army” Montreal Gazette, 13 February 1954 ................................................................... 39

  • vi | Canada's Rangers: Selected Stories, 1942-2012

    CONTENTS

    13. “Arctic Exercise: Indians Point the Way” Ottawa Citizen, 22 February 1954 ........................................................................ 41

    14. Ambrose Shea, “Rangers of Frobisher” The Beaver, Winter 1956 ........................................................................................ 43

    15. Robert Taylor, “Eyes and Ears of the North” The Star Weekly Magazine, 22 December 1956 ................................................... 47

    16. Larry Dignum, “Shadow Army of the North” The Beaver, Autumn 1959 ...................................................................................... 51

    17. “Outpost Defenders ‘Just a Bit Better Prepared’” Canada Month, March 1964 .................................................................................. 55

    18. Scott Young, “The Shadowy Force on Guard in the Arctic” Globe and Mail, 14 April 1969............................................................................... 57

    19. “The Canadian Rangers: Men on the Spot” Sentinel 6/10 (November-December 1970) ......................................................... 61

    20. “Our Northern Eyes...” Sentinel, November-December 1971 .................................................................... 63

    21. Capt Craig Mills, “Bannock Binds a Better Team” Sentinel, February 1975 .......................................................................................... 65

    22. David Miller, “Canadian Rangers Stand on Guard” News of the North, 7 November 1979 ................................................................... 69

    23. Ken Spotswood, “The Raw Reality of Staying Alive” Edmonton Journal, 22 September 1981 ................................................................ 73

    24. Capt Jean Marcotte, “Rangers of the North” Sentinel 1982/6 ........................................................................................................ 75

    25. Capt Richard Moore, “East Coast Rangers” Sentinel 1984/3 ........................................................................................................ 79

    26. Brian Mitchell, “Eskimo Point Rangers Honoured for Bravery” news/north, 20 April 1984 ...................................................................................... 81

    27. William Marsden, “With a 1940s Rifle, He Stands on Guard for Thee” Montreal Gazette, 5 October 1985 ........................................................................ 83

    28. Dave Elms, “Canadian Rangers” The Northern Pen, 29 October 1985 ..................................................................... 87

    29. Christopher Wren, “Native Rangers Keep True North Free” Globe and Mail, 3 April 1986 ................................................................................. 89

    30. Doug Holmes, “The North’s Own Canadian Rangers” Up Here, February/March 1987 ............................................................................ 91

  • Canada's Rangers: Selected Stories, 1942-2012 vii|

    CONTENTS

    31. Dan Leger, “Unique Sentries on Guard in Arctic” Vancouver Sun, 19 October 1987 .......................................................................... 97

    32. Miro Cernetig, “1-800 Call First Line Defence” Globe and Mail, 7 August 1991 ............................................................................. 99

    33. Capt Michael Mietzner, “Baton Ranger” Sentinel 1992/4 ......................................................................................................103

    34. 2Lt James Simiana, “Rangers East and West” Sentinel, 1992/4 .....................................................................................................107

    35. 2Lt James Simiana, “Out on the Land” Sentinel, 1992/4 .....................................................................................................111

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