Meet George “Sonny” Moore
Sonny Moore, given this nickname by his mother after becoming the third George (following his father and grandfather), enlisted in the Canadian Army as a peacekeeper on August 17, 1956, at the age of 23. He went on to be a Corporal, training in Gagetown NB and Chilliwack BC. Sonny served in France, Belgium, Germany, Egypt, and Alert Northwest Territories in the Arctic. Sonny was an engineer and built Baily bridges while stationed in France.
When he was discharged in July 1966, he left all personal effects behind as that is the kind of man he is and seldom spoke of his experiences. Crawling on hands and knees removing explosives in the sand dunes of Egypt was an experience he shared, as well as times in the Arctic at Alert NWT for a year, keeping eyes on Russian activity. Interesting stories came from these daily experiences such as living with musk ox, wolves, and fanged rabbits. Having 3 stoves in the mess hall to keep warm, and walking from building to building with a rope under his arm so as not to get lost during sudden white outs. Sonny would visit the US barracks at Greenland, saying their facilities were quite posh compared with Alert’s barracks!
After he was discharged, Sonny became a member of the Canadian Legion and has been a member for 52 years. Sonny was a recipient of a Quilt of Valour, seen in this picture. The Quilt of Valour Program provides a quilt to a Canadian Armed Forces member, past or present. The quilt is a hug from a grateful nation, a tribute to the recipient of the quilt.
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