Comrade Ron’s mother wanted him to pursue opportunities outside Orillia and suggested that he consider the Armed Forces. When Comrade Ron enlisted, two opportunities were open: one at Camp Borden and one at Currie Barracks (Black Watch) in Calgary, Alberta. He was assigned to Currie Barracks in Calgary where he served as a rifleman, regular army, 2nd Battalion, Queen’s Own Rifle from 1961 to 1964. Comrade Ron recalls that at age nineteen, he did not know what to expect but “we had clothing and adequate food.” He quickly learned to look after himself and was impressed by the high degree of behaviour and discipline expected from each recruit. Initially, Private Ron was not enamoured with t

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