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Sgt. Tommy Prince Memorial

Municipality/Province: Winnipeg, MB

Memorial Number: 46009-037

Type: Bronze bust and granite shaft

Address: Pequis and Lord Selkirk Drives

Location: Kildonan Park, near Prairie's Edge Restaurant

GPS Coordinates: Lat: 49.9443243   Long: -97.1051351

Contributor: Tamara Wally

The Sgt. Tommy Prince Memorial, unveiled by the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and the Lord Selkirk Association of Rupert's Land on 11 November 1989, is dedicated to the memory of Sergeant Thomas (Tommy) George Prince, soldier with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and winner of the Military Medal. The life-sized bronze bust of Tommy in military uniform and a beret, sits on a tall limestone block. The bust was sculpted by Otakar Pavlik. A statue of his great-great-grandfather, Chief Peguis is just a few steps away.

Sgt. Tommy Prince, the most decorated Indigenous Canadian Second World War Veteran, began his overseas service as a Sapper with the Canadian 1st Corps Field Park, Royal Canadian Engineers. Returning to Canada after some two years overseas with the Engineers, Tommy Prince was transferred to the Canadian Parachute Battalion and commenced training with the 1st Canadian Special Service Battalion. After training, he returned to Europe with the Special Service Force that came to be known by the Germans as the “Devil’s Brigade.”

In early February 1944, during a reconnaissance patrol in Italy, Sgt Prince was able to penetrate deep into enemy positions and report for several days. His courage and disregard for personal safety won him the Military Medal. In France during September 1944, Sgt Prince located the gun sites and encampment area of an enemy reserve battalion. Under most difficult circumstances, he reported back with the information and guided his brigade to capture over a thousand German soldiers. For these acts, he earned the Silver Star, an American army decoration for gallantry in action. Sergeant Tommy Prince was decorated by King George VI at Buckingham Palace with both the Military Medal and the Silver Star with ribbon on behalf of President Roosevelt. Prince was one of only 59 Canadians who were awarded the Silver Star during the Second World War and only three Canadians of this group also possessed the Military Medal.

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Inscription found on memorial

TOMMY PRINCE
DESCENDANT OF CHIEF PEGIUS

THOMAS GEORGE PRINCE

MILITARY MEDAL - SILVER STAR
OCTOBER 1915 - NOVEMBER 1977

PRINCESS PATRICIA'S CANADIAN LIGHT INFANTRY
1ST CANADIAN PARACHUTE BATTALION
1ST SPECIAL SERVICE FORCE

ALEUTIANS - ITALY - FRANCE
GERMANY - KOREA

TAKE THESE MEN, THEN, AS YOUR EXAMPLE,
LIKE THEM
REMEMBER THAT PROSPERITY
CAN BE ONLY FOR THE FREE.
THAT FREEDOM IS THE PURE POSSESSION
OF THOSE ALONE
WHO HAVE THE COURAGE TO DEFEND IT.

PLACED IN THE MEMORY OF SERGEANT TOMMY PRINCE
BY
THE OFFICERS AND MEN
OF
PRINCESS PATRICIA'S CANADIAN LIGHT INFANTRY

SCULPTOR OTAKAR PAVLIK

ERECTED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE LORD SELKIRK ASSOCIATION OF RUPERT'S LAND
NOVEMBER 11, 1989

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