Would you happen to have any information about/knowledge of the contribution of Canadian volunteers to the American war effort in Vietnam? Apparently one Medal of Honour recipient, Peter C. Lemon, was from Toronto, Ontario!

There isn’t a ton out there, largely because Canada didn’t send its own units as part of the Free World Forces (like Australia, Republic of Korea, etc). Those who served as part of the US military arguably had a harder time of it upon returning home. The US military did not keep explicit records about their foreign volunteers either.

Here are a couple of snippets:

  • “An estimated 10,000 to 12,000 Canadians served in the American military in Vietnam, although nearly half were Canadian citizens living in the United States. Seventy-eight Canadians are listed on the wall of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, DC.” [Source: The Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War edited by Spencer Tucker]
  • Peter C. Lemon was indeed from Toronto, Ontario, and the only Canadian to be awarded the Medal of Honor in Vietnam. The medal was for actions that took place at Fire Support Base Illingworth on 1 April 1970. [Wiki]