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                                           Asian Heritage Month


Private Richard Mar 

Pte. Richard Mar was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on June 19, 1917, he was one of three children. Richard’s parents immigrated to Canada from China in search of a better life for their family. Richard completed his grade 12 education and excelled in mathematics.  He was fluent in both English and Mandarin.  As a young man, Richard worked as a foreman at a fishery canning company. He enlisted in the Infantry on August 19, 1942, and dreamed of becoming a Paratrooper. During the recruiting phase, Richard was described as tall, athletic and having a pleasant, quiet manner with good education and superior learning ability.  Richard’s dream came true when he graduated on February 19, 1943, from Fort Benning, Georgia, U.S.A.  He became the first and only Asian paratrooper to serve with the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion.  Richard was taken on strength overseas and served in the Head Quarters Platoon before returning home at the end of the war.  After the war, Richard went back to the fish cannery industry, living out his remaining years until he passed away on September 1, 1973, at the age of 56. Richard Mar is an honour to Canada as we celebrate Asian Heritage Month. If you have read this post, then you have taken the time to remember Private Richard Mar.  

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Sgt. Darrel L. Harris

Sgt. Harris was born on October 29, 1921 in Cardston, Alberta. He was the eldest of three boys and four girls who were raised in a tiny house in Magrath during the depression.

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Honours and Awards to 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Members

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The Airborne Creed


Darrel Harris recounts his graduation from the Fort Benning, Georgia:

Major Routh gave the command to “QUICK MARCH!” and in a single file we proudly marched right under the nose of the Dakota and took our places on the chairs. Colonel Howell (later General Howell) made us feel rather special when he congratulated us on our achievement. He informed us that we had lived up to the expectations of the Parachute School, Airborne Command of the United States Army. Colonel Howell then read the American Airborne Creed.

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Victory from Above Part 2

Canada's Airborne 65th Anniversary of D-Day
1st Canadian Parachute Battalion

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