THOMAS GEORGE PRINCE
Canada's most-decorated Aboriginal war veteran
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.