Canadian Virtual War Memorial

James Deans Wood

In memory of
Warrant Officer Class I
James Deans Wood
January 18, 1951
Miryang, South Korea

Military Service:

Service Number:
SP21422
Age:
35
Force:
Army
Unit:
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, R.C.I.C.
Division:
2nd Battalion
Citation(s):
Distinguished Conduct Medal, Infantry (Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry) - awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 17 February 1945. "On 20 October 1944, the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry was ordered to secure a bridgehead over the River Savio. "A" Company's task was to establish a bridgehead in the area Casa Medni to Casa Saladini. Sergeant (Acting Warrant Officer II / Acting Company Sergeant-Major) James Deans Wood was Company Sergeant-Major of this Company. It was not possible to make a thorough reconnaissance of the proposed crossing place or of the approaches to the river previous to the attack owing to their exposed position. The attack was launched at 1710 hours under extremely heavy fire from enemy machine guns, mortars and artillery and over ground that was found to be mined. The crossing was accordingly found to be an extremely dangerous undertaking owing to this enemy opposition and to the swollen nature of the river. Completely disregarding these dangers, Sergeant-Major Wood, who arrived at the river with the leading elements, remained there under fire during the whole crossing and personally assisted seventeen non-swimmers across to the other bank. A reconnaissance of the objective, in which he took part, revealed that it was very strongly held by machine guns from well concealed positions. While the company moved to surround the position, Sergeant-Major Wood worked his way forward to within 85 yards of the position and then, dashing across the open stretch of ground, he threw hand grenades into one of the machine gun posts killing two of the enemy and forcing three into the open where they were taken prisoners. On the afternoon of 21 October 1944 while he was escorting a wounded officer to the river crossing at TAY, an enemy sniper opened fire at close range from a dug-in position. Sergeant-Major Wood immediately attacked this position with hand grenades, killing one German and capturing two others."

Additional Information:

Born:
November 17, 1915 Ranfurly, Alberta
Enlistment:
September 6, 1950 Calgary, Alberta

Son of Jeanie (née Deans) and Jack Wood of Vancouver, British Columbia. Brother of Ian, William, Christine Kirkpatrick and Sgt Alvin Wood killed in action in Italy on 17 September 1944. Husband of Mary Norma Louise Wood, of Calgary, Alberta.

Commemorated on Page 79 of the Korean War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
UNITED NATIONS CEMETERY (BUSAN) , South Korea
Grave Reference:
Plot 2, Row 1, Grave 37
Location:
The United Nations Cemetery is located in Tanggok, a suburb of Busan. The land for the cemetery was granted to the United Nations by the Republic of Korea as a tribute to all those who had laid down their lives in combatting aggression and in upholding peace and freedom. There are 2,267 servicemen buried in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery. Of these 1,538 were Commonwealth soldiers, including 376 Canadians.

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  • Wood Brothers
  • Wood Brothers – Left to Right: James, Al, Bill Wood Brothers
  • Photo of James Wood
  • Press Clipping
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  • Newspaper Clipping 5 – Copy of news article from Ottawa Citizen dated Monday, 22 January 1951 announcing the death of RSM James D. Wood of Calgary, Alberta.
  • Photo of James Wood
  • Inscription – Memorial plaques for Warrant Officer Class I James Deans Wood ,Private Thomas Richard Woodbury, Private Frederick George Works, and Private Thomas Barry Wotton on the Korean Veterans National Wall of Remembrance in Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario.
  • Inscription – A section of the Korean Veterans National Wall of Remembrance in Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario. The memorial consists of a central section and 13 other sections containing memorial plaques for each of the 516 Canadian service men who died while serving with the Canadian Forces in the United Nations operations in Korea. It was erected by the Korea Veterans Association of Canada and was dedicated on July 27, 1997.
  • Memorial – Central Section of Korean Veterans National Wall of Remembrance Part 1
  • Memorial – Central Section of Korean Veterans National Wall of Remembrance Part 2
  • Memorial – Central Section of Korean Veterans National Wall of Remembrance Part 3
  • Inscription – Warrant Officer Class I JAMES DEANS WOOD is one of 23 soldiers commemorated on this panel and is one of the 516 members of the Canadian Forces whose names appear on the Korean War Monument in Ottawa.  It was erected IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE CANADIAN WHO DIED IN SERVICE DURING THE KOREAN WAR 1950-1953 AND ON KOREAN PEACE KEEPING DUTIES, 1953-1957.  Warrant Officer WOOD died on January 18, 1951 and is buried in the UNITED NATIONS CEMETERY (BUSAN), South Korea. Staff Sergeant WILLIAM ALLAN  RATHBUN also died on this day.
  • Korean War Monument – Korean War Monument, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Close up of Korean War Memorial – Close–up of the Korean War Monument in Ottawa, Ontario.  This features a Canadian soldier, facing toward Busan, Korea, where an identical monument watches over the graves of 378 Canadians in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery. Accompanying the volunteer are two Korean children, both holding symbols: the girl, a bouquet of maple leaves symbolizing Canada; and the boy, a bouquet of maple leaves and roses of Sharon, the national flower of Korea.
  • Dedication – Dedicatory inscription, Korean War Monument, Ottawa, Ontario

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