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Old 16 December 2001, 11:54 AM   #1
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As a followup to my research on American VC winners, I thought I would see how many Canadian-born recipients of the US Medal of Honor there were.
I have come up with 54 names, including one double winner, plus another 6 possibles. Many Civil War era winners have little biographical information, so these last half dozen are questionable.
Civil War winners total 29; Indian Campaigns 8, Peacetime 8,
Spanish American War 5, Vera Cruz 1914 1, WW2 2, Vietnam 1. Of the possibles, 4 were Civil War, 1 Indian Campaigns, and 1 Spanish American War.
I was impressed to discover that Robert Sweeney,USN, from Montreal, was one of the few double winners of the medal. No less than four Canadians serving in the 8th Cavalry in Arizona 1868-69 were decorated. Two brothers, Willard and Harry Miller from Nova Scotia, won the medal in the same battle during the Spanish-American War.
The only member of the US Coast Guard to earn the medal, Douglas Munro, was from Vancouver,BC.
Peter C.Lemon, born in Toronto, won the Medal of Honor in Vietnam.
Many naval winners were Newfoundlanders or Maritimers from New Brunswick or Nova Scotia.
This is yet another example of just how closely our two nations are linked.
 
Old 18 December 2001, 05:58 AM   #2
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Since we share the family name Sweeney, I am interested ti learn more bout double MOH winner Robert Sweeney. I had no idea that so many Canadians fought in our wars.

Are you Canadians still considering annexing the US?
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New England and Louisiana (so Quebec won't feel lonely). You can keep the rest.

Well, maybe Colorado, so we get Amy
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Old 18 December 2001, 10:01 AM   #4
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Leo,
Sweeney won his first Medal of Honor in 1881. Citation as follows:
- Serving on board the USS Kearsarge, at Hampton Roads,Va.,26 Oct.,1881, Sweeney jumped overboard and assisted in saving from drowning a shipmate who had fallen overboard into a strongly running tide.
Second award citation - Serving on board the USS Jamestown, at the Navy Yard,New York, 20 Dec.,1883, Sweeney rescued from drowning A.A.George, who had fallen overboard from that vessel.
As with the VC, many early MOH awards would never had gained the decoration later, say in WW2, Korea, or Vietnam.
Supposedly some 50,000 Canadians (or British North Americans as they were called then) served in the Union army, and up to 10,000 with the Confederates.
Moving ahead a century, it is estimated that about 12,000 Canadians fought in Vietnam. Indeed. the chief of Canada's armed forces at the time, Gen.J.A.Dextraze, CBE,DSO, had two sons. One followed him into the Canadian Army. The other joined the US Marines, won the Silver Star, and was killed in action.
 
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New England and Louisiana (so Quebec won't feel lonely). *You can keep the rest. *

Well, maybe Colorado, so we get Amy
hee hee *;D

I've already got one Canadian characteristic down--I like hockey!
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