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Artifact PW2-28: Sweetheart pins

Sweetheart Pin eMy work with Canadian Veterans launched a fascination with Sweetheart Pins These became popular during the Second World War as wives, mothers and sweethearts were gifted these treasured pins by their loved one serving in the forces.  The pins soon became treasured keepsakes; a pin to wear proudly and keep close to heart a loved one serving his or her country far from home.

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Artifact PW2-26: Farewell Visit of Colonel W.C. (Buster) Stethem to Gagetown, April 1968

Farewell Col Buster StethemPW2-26: Farewell Visit of Colonel W.C. (Buster) Stethem to Gagetown, April 1968

In 1968 the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals was to disappear and be replaced by the tri-service Communications Electronics Branch.  Just prior to the official disbandment, in April of 1968, Colonel Buster Stethem, the last Head of Corps, made a farewell tour.  This photo was taken at his farewell parade in Gagetown.  He is inspecting the 2 RCHA Signal Troop, which, at the time, as a Captain, I commanded.  Just visible behind Col. Stethem is Major Don Kidd, Commanding Officer of 3 Signal Squadron.

Note: On 19 Apr 2013, the Minister of National Defence announced that the historical designation of the corps would be restored.


Submitted by LCol (Ret’d) R.G. Farrell, Royal Canadian Signals

Artifact PW2-25: Soviet Training Vessel Krushenstern

PW-2-25: Soviet Training Vessel Krushenstern, Photographed Mid-Atlantic, March 1964

In March of 1964, I was a Flying Officer on crew three of 415 (MP) Squadron,  flying out of Summerside, PEI.  I took this photo from the "rear rest" (waist window position) of our Argus aircraft, as we flew by at low level.

This was still the height of the Cold War, and, in addition to searching for potentially hostile submarines, we "showed the flag" whenever possible, to ensure that the Soviets knew that we were monitoring their every move in the North Atlantic.

Soviet Training Vessel

Submitted by LCol (Ret’d) R.G. Farrell, Royal Canadian Signals

Artifact PW2-24: 100 Man Honour Guard

PW2-24:  100 man guard of honour for General Officer Commanding (GOC) Eastern Command

In 1965, MGen C.A. Turcot, the GOC, Eastern Command, made his farewell visit to Gagetown.  3 Signal Squadron was designated to provide a 100 man guard of honour for the event.  This photo was taken at the main gate of the Base.   The undersigned, then a Lt. in command of the Squadron's Radio Troop, was guard commander.

100 Man Guard 

Submitted by: LCol (Ret’d) R.G. Farrell, Royal Canadian Signals


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