Military Service Recognition Book

187 ONTARIO COMMAND MACKINNON, Greg J. Greg was born on December 27, 1983 in Kitchener, Ontario. He enlisted in August 2007 and served in Canada and Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Shilo, Manitoba. He trained to be a C9 gunner (section machine gun) and a gunner (25mm chain gun) in the Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV). He fought against Taliban insurgents in Kandahar Province, serving there from October 2009 to June 2010. He earned the General Campaign Star-South-West Asia for his hard work and dedication to duty. His late grandfather, Mervyn A. Couse was navigator during WWII with 12 Squadron, RAF and Greg’s great uncle, Avery Stoner, was lost at Passchendaele while serving with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Discharged in August 2010, Greg now shares much of his time with his family, friends and young daughter, Leah. MACWHA, James K. “Jim” Jim was born in Montreal, Quebec on January 3, 1934. He enlisted in December 1952 and took his basic and trades training at the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers School in Kingston, after which he was posted to Manitoba and Saskatchewan where he worked in various workshops as an armorer. In 1956, he was promoted to Corporal and posted to the Provost Corps School in Shilo, Manitoba as school armorer. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1959, posted to Instructional staff in Toronto and in 1960, was posted to the 1st Battalion of the Canadian Guards in Soest Germany as unit armorer. Back in Picton with the Guards in 1963, he assumed Peacekeeping duties in Cyprus where he was injured and returned to Canada where he took his release in 1965. He was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration, the NATO Medal and the Cyprus Medal. He has been a member of Cobden Legion Branch 550 for a year. MACMILLAN, William J. William was born in Gananoque, Ontario on March 24, 1925. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force on November 24, 1942 and reported to RAF 115 Squadron, Bomber Command, in January 1944 as an upper-gunner on a Lancaster bomber. It carried a crew of seven, was equipped with nine machine guns and could carry over six tons of bombs. Flight Sergeant MacMillan had been recommended for an officer’s commission and was on his last mission. The target on the night of April 18, 1944 were rail yards in France as this was part of the effort to destroy the French transport system preparatory to the June 6 Normandy invasion. The bomber had returned to Britain and was making its final approach to land early in the morning of April 19 when it was shot down by a German night fighter that had followed it back from France. All crewmen were killed.