Private Leo Royal Lohn

Pte. Lohn was born October 14, 1925 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and his family later moved to Toronto, Ontario where he attended high school at Parkdale Collegiate. He was originally a member of the Merchant Marine in St. Johns during the war, but it wasn’t long before he had his sights set on becoming a Paratrooper. At 5’9 and 142 lbs, he was physically fit and eager to take on new challenges, so he requested a transfer to the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion.

Lohn completed his Parachute Course at Shilo Manitoba on June 17, 1944. That was a very proud day for him. He embarked for the UK on November 29, 1944 and became part of the Battalion reinforcements. He served with C Company during Operation Varsity and saw action in Germany and the Ardennes.

Between the Parachute School, training exercises and combat in Germany, he had completed a total of 14 parachute descents. Lohn retired from the Army on June 20, 1946.

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Portrait studio picture of Leo while serving with the Merchant Marines. Courtesy of the Lohn family.
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Pte Lohn after enlisting in the army. Courtesy of the Lohn family
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Courtesy of the Lohn family
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Pte Lohn was extremely proud to be a Paratrooper. Courtesy of the Lohn family.
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Pte Lohn's uniform he wore overseas.
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Uniform (three-quarter view)
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Uniform (side view)
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Pte. Lohn's medals and dog tags.
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Pte Lohn's dishcarge certificate which shows the medals he was entitled to.