Canada’'s most-decorated Aboriginal war veteran


Thomas George Prince otherwise known as Tommy Prince was born on October 25 1915 in Petersfield, Manitoba, and died in November 1977 in Winnipeg Manitoba. Tommy was one of Canada's most decorated First Nations soldiers when he served in the Second World War and the Korean War.

Devil's Brigade

Prince joined an elite American unit, forming a spearhead of 1,600 men who possessed special skills. Originally called the 1st Special Service Force, it would become known to German soldiers as the Devil Brigade. Originally, this force was intended to be a unit which land behind enemy lines and sabotage their equipment. Instead, it became a assault group with a reputation for raiding and destroying enemies camps. Tommy Prince was a well-suited member and was later known as the "Prince of Bridgade". Tommy Prince often led the squad on their missions using his well rounded skills to get the job done.
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The Korean War

In August 1950, Prince joined the Canadian Army to fight with the United Nations troops in the Korean War. He was re-instated with his previous rank as sergeant. Prince was now a member of the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry short for PPCLI. The first Canadian regiment to arrive in the war zone. In February 1951, the Patricia's joined the 27th Commonwealth Brigade on the battlefield. Thomas George Prince was 2nd in command of his rifle platoon, and shortly after arrival in Korea he led an eight-man evening "snatch patrol" into an enemy camp. The patrol was successful and they returned with two captured machine guns. Tommy Prince went on to lead several more raids throughout the war. However, his commander eventually stopped assigning him patrols/raids because of the risks involved when with the lives of his fellow soldiers. Tommy Prince was present with the 2 PPCLI when it became the first Canadian unit awarded the United States Presidential Citiation for his amazing service in the Battle of Kapyong on April 24,1951. The reason being because the battalion he was in had maintained a defense post on Hill 677 despite heavy fire from Chinese and North Korean forces.

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Tommy Prince's wartime duty was taking a beating on his body, and his knees were swelling and caused premature arthritis. He was hospitalized after a medical examination in May 1951, and was later returned to Canada, where he served as an Sergeant once again at Canadian Forces Base Borden in Ontario. While in Ontario his knees improved, so in March 1952 he decided to volunteered for a second tour of duty in the Far East. He the had sailed for Korea that October with the 3rd Battalion PPCLI.