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No Praise for Tri-Service

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No Praise for Tri-Service

Tri-service is when they would put the navy, army and air force altogether and it just didn’t work out. So a lot of us got out, a lot of us got out. Why would you have somebody come on board ship that was in the army or the air force and not know which is the stern or the bow, you know? They were trained to do their thing and we were trained to do our thing. The regulars only could join for three years and if we signed up we had to sign up for five at a time, and they were getting their trade groups before us guys. So it really didn’t work out too good. How can I put it? I was proud to serve my country and I was, I liked the ocean and I was proud to be there, that’s all.

Mr. Rochon questions the logic behind amalgamation of the Canadian Armed Forces, and cites it as his reason for leaving the Navy

David Rochon

David Rochon was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1939, and was raised in foster care. After joining the Royal Canadian Navy in 1957, he took basic training at HMCS Cornwallis and later joined HMCS Algonquin, a converted Tribal class destroyer. Mr. Rochon volunteered for and became a weapons/underwater specialist, skills which he seldom needed to use during peacetime service. He was aboard HMCS Algonquin’s deployment during the Cuban Missile Crisis, but the vessel saw no action. Mr. Rochon left the navy in 1964, holding the rank of Able Seaman.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
David Rochon
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
HMCS Sioux
Able Seaman
Weapons / Underwater Specialist

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