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My Greatest Accomplishment

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My Greatest Accomplishment

I think our greatest accomplishment was dusting ourselves off after the first night, after the mortar attack the first night. Our greatest accomplishment was getting through that, soldiering on, focussing on what we have to do and wherever the Canadians went we were second to none. Everybody wanted us in their sector because we were so professional, yet Canada as a country it always seems to be the person in the middle of a fight, “okay guys let’s talk about this.” But we’re strong enough that if someone takes a poke at us, oh look out! You know the way we carried ourselves, through that whole tour that when we got to Sarajevo we were so accustomed to working in this country now that I think getting through that first night, that baptism by fire and the way we carried ourselves with professional, high degree of professionalism and dignity, that to me, I think, is one, I see as our greatest accomplishments is. yeah they tried to take a poke at us. They tried to, you know, piss us off, welcome to Croatia and we took it on the chin and carried on and always, you know, accomplished our missions that whatever came down the pipeline.

Mr. MacDonald describes the pride for the work done, getting through the first night, “baptism by fire”.

Ross MacDonald

Mr. Ross MacDonald was born April 4, 1967 in Peterborough, Ontario. His parents immigrated from the United Kingdom to Canada in 1960. After graduating from high school, Ross tried the college life, but because of his interest in the outdoors and strong involvement in sports he decided to join the army. At age 20, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces in Petawawa, Ontario joining 3 Royal Canadian Regiment. As part of his training, Mr. MacDonald travelled and lived in Germany for two years. In 1992, Mr. MacDonald joined 3 RCR November Company Group on a tour to Sarajevo to provide humanitarian aid and supplies to the besieged city. Because of his service, Mr. MacDonald was awarded the Commander-in-Chief Commendation. Due to medical release, Mr. MacDonald left the military, but continued to work with the soldiers needing support under the OSSIS program, a government position he holds today.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Ross MacDonald
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Canadian Armed Forces
Royal Canadian Regiment

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