Episode 015 WO2 Sam Magee Part 1

Today’s episode highlights the service of World War II veteran William (Sam) Magee.  Sam tried to enlist in every branch of the Canadian Military at age 14.  After the loss of his father, he was the sole bread winner for his family and the military was the best place to earn enough to care for them.  At the age of 17, he managed to sneak past the recruiters and get enrolled in the Toronto Scottish Regiment.  During his training he discovered that the Canadian Army needed soldiers to become paratroopers.  This lead him and his friends, Dennis Flynn and Bill Dinette, to the 1st Special Service Force in Helena, Montana.

Despite washing out on initial selection, and a few brushes with The King’s Regulations and Orders, he made it back to the Force known as “the New Kid”.

I’m sure his story will capture you as it has me.

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Sam in his best tuxedo!

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17 Year Old Pte Magee in the Toronto Scottish Regiment

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The ‘New Kid’ in the 1st Special Service Force

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The insignia of the 1St Special Service Force

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If you’re Canadian, you must know how to teach people how to ski!!

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Sam Magee at an Airborne reunion with Jan de Vries, CM and CWO Mark Shannon, RSM of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada

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