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Mr. Big Man

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One of the things that I really am happy with is some of the things that I did over there that I haven't brought up was when I became on the mobile team in Lebanon, the people's movements are so restricted that I was able to bring drugs, medical, you know, pharmaceutical drugs to individuals that needed them in villages that were surrounded that they couldn't move out. I was able to go in and bring the drugs to them. One village had been without electricity for seven months because the transformer at the entrance of the village was damaged. I was able to be able to procure a transformer for them, bring the Swedish maintenance group out with a fork lift, get him to install the new transformer for this village who hadn't been with electricity for seven months. The name they gave me in South Lebanon was “Mister Big Man” because I was very big compared to most of the individuals and to me that was an honour. That was certainly a feeling of accomplishment when I could do things like that to villages.

While working in South Lebanon, Mr. Gallant helped many local people, earning him the nickname of Mr. Big Man.

Fred Gallant

Born into an Acadian family in Mont-Carmel, Prince Edward Island, Mr. Gallant joined the Army and rose to the rank of Captain. He served two tours in Cyprus as part of the United Nations Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) during the 1970s and 1980s as Battery Captain. His methods helped many soldiers and his interventions most likely saved the lives of his own, and many Greeks and Turks. Years later, now a Major, he became a UN Military Observer as part of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO), maintaining the peace between Israel, Lebanon and Syria. He worked in all three middle eastern countries and has some eye opening stories to tell.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Fred Gallant
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Canadian Armed Forces
Royal Montreal Regiment

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