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We all Serve as One!

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We all Serve as One!

So if you think about the Canadian wars, including the period from Tecumseh, and others as well - First World War, Second World War, Korean War, there have been literally hundreds and hundreds, if not thousands and thousands of Aboriginals in this country that are part of the Canadian constitution now from 1982 and described as Aboriginals are Indians, Inuit, and Metis. And the Metis are the mixed blood, half blood, thin blood Canadians that are proud to be Metis for having done what they’ve done for themselves and for the country that we all love. And these guys are buried over here in Europe just like any other Canadian - Jewish, French, Anglo Celt, whatever, so my feelings about the war era group I think is inherited because I told you about my great grandfather and my grandfather and my father, myself. My brother is dead now, he won the military medal in Korea.

Proud of his Metis heritage, Mr. Fowler shares his experience of serving alongside many soldiers with different cultural backgrounds all fighting for the one country they love.

Donald Fowler

Mr. Donald Fowler was born November 7, 1925 in Peterborough, Ontario. At the age of 12, he became a bandsman bugler with the Princess of Wales Own Regiment (MG) and at this time became war-trained at Connaught Rifle Ranges in Ottawa firing Vickers machine-guns and 303 rifles. Still in his teens, Mr. Fowler enlisted in the army as a private soldier with the 1st Battalion Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders. Mr. Fowler served during wartime as a drummer yet managed to see a great deal of action and combat up close and personal. Fowler holds great pride for his service and is deeply proud of his Metis heritage. He has had many opportunities to travel back to France and Holland to commemorate significant anniversaries. After the war, Mr. Fowler continued to play in the Queen's University pipe-band and later in other community pipe-bands. Discharged in August 1945, Mr. Fowler went back to school and ended up obtaining an education at Queens University holding under graduate standing in Honours Social Behaviour toward a multi-disciplinary study in Sociopsychobiology. Mr. Fowler held a career with GTE (General Telephones and Electronics Corporation). He is now retired and resides in Brockville, Ontario.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
May 28, 2015
Person Interviewed:
Donald Fowler
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Liberation of Holland
Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders

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