In This Issue 17…

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Photo of the Week by Paul Wehrle

A tip of the hat to the following members who just recently updated their Club membership status: Chapeau aux membres suivants qui ont tout récemment mis à jour leur adhésion au Club: 4045 Roland Doucet; 7659 John E. Greenwood – Lifetime membership; 8317 John A. Lutes;

F005 Norleen Hope.

Club Membership Info Join, Update or Renew ‘Now’


You’re not alone – Mental Health resources for CAF members and families

In This Issue 17:

Not Just Attending RMCC…But Living It!

Branch News…Kingston, Toronto & Halifax

15459 Martin Taillefer (RRMC Class of 1987):


16009 Steve Molaski still lacing ‘em up!

7602 Tom Smallman Has Full and Varied Career

May 1952 – 3069 Bill McColl – Off to Europe!

Can you match up these 11?

Winding down the school year…

PAG Going to the Dogs?…Not Really!

Sailing History at RMCC 101

Voyage à Paris et à Londres

Part VII The Reality of Battle – The Italian Campaign – Reinforcement Officers –

2761 Colonel Syd Frost: Northern Italy –

Mike Shewfelt – “The Phaireoir Legacy” – Final Chapter

Deaths | Décès


Careers / Carrières

Look, look, UPDATED 10 April – Lundy’s Lane July 25 Celebration



PWOR Committed to Restoring Kingston’s Cross of Sacrifice

Gunners Out to Honour Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae & His Flanders Fields Legacy

Memorial Project: 70th anniversary of the founding of the RCAF’s first three squadrons dedicated to air transport operations 

Juno Beach Centre Association Notice:

In honour of the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings, the Juno Beach Centre Association is paying tribute to the Canadians who lost their lives on June 6, 1944.

Business Section


“Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self-interest.”

“The way to keep one’s word is not to give it.”

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”

“ A leader is a dealer in hope.”

“A picture is worth a thousand words.”

“ In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.”

“Ability is nothing without opportunity.”

“The people to fear are not those who disagree with you…but those who disagree are too cowardly to let you know.”

“Never ascribe to malice that which is easily explained by incompetence.”

“History is a set of agreed upon lies.”

“I am sometimes a fox and a lion. The whole secret is when to be one or the other.”

“You must not fight with the same enemy too often or you will teach them all of your art of war,”

Napoleon Bonaparte (French: Napoléon Bonaparte [napoleɔ̃ bɔnɑpaʁt], Italian: Napoleone Buonaparte; 15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution and its associated wars in Europe.

As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 to 1814. He implemented a wide array of liberal reforms across Europe, including the abolition of feudalism and the spread of religious toleration.[2] His legal code in France, the Napoleonic Code, influenced numerous civil law jurisdictions worldwide. Napoleon is remembered for his role in leading France against a series of coalitions in the Napoleonic Wars. He won the majority of his battles and seized control of most of continental Europe in a quest for personal power and to spread the ideals of the French Revolution. Widely regarded as one of the greatest commanders in history, his campaigns are studied at military academies worldwide. He remains one of the most studied political and military leaders in all of history.[3]

Napoleon was born in Corsica in a family of noble Italian ancestry that had settled in Corsica in the 16th century. He spoke French with a heavy Corsican accent. Well-educated, he rose to prominence under the French First Republic and led successful campaigns against the enemies of the French revolution who set up the First and Second Coalitions, most notably his campaigns in Italy.

He took power in a coup d’état in 1799 and installed himself as First Consul. In 1804 he made himself emperor of the French people. He fought a series of wars —the Napoleonic Wars—that involved complex coalitions for and against him. After a streak of victories, France secured a dominant position in continental Europe, and Napoleon maintained the French sphere of influence through the formation of extensive alliances and the elevation of friends and family members to rule other European countries as French vassal states.

The Peninsular War (1807–14) and the French invasion of Russia in 1812 marked major military failures. His Grande Armée was badly damaged and never fully recovered. In 1813, the Sixth Coalition defeated his forces at the Battle of Leipzig and his enemies invaded France. Napoleon was forced to abdicate and go in exile to the Italian island of Elba. In 1815 he escaped and returned to power, but he was finally defeated at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. He spent the last 6 years of his life in confinement by the British on the island of Saint Helena. An autopsy concluded he died of stomach cancer but there has been debate about the cause of his death, and some scholars have speculated he was a victim of arsenic poisoning.

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Not Just Attending RMCC…But Living It!

Posted by rmcclub on April 27th, 2014

In first year, I was once told that, “Your experience at RMCC will be what you make it to be.” Not only was this quote memorable, but it has proven to be absolutely correct. In my first year, I had to opportunity of being the 2/IC of the RMCC expedition to Ecuador. In my second year, I spearheaded the creation of the photography club at the College, directed the RMCC Gangnam Style parody video which was watched by over 120 000 people online, and became the manager for the Men’s Varsity Hockey Team. Now, in my third year, I’m proud to add an internship in the office of the Honourable 7860 LGen (ret.) Senator Roméo Dallaire to my resume.

The application process for the internship was long, although not difficult. Essentially, I had to prove to both the academic and the training wing that I was a good candidate to be sent away from the protective environment of the College.

Back in December, I found a sublet in a well-priced downtown condo online and registered for courses at the University of Ottawa. When I arrived in Ottawa just after the New Years, I was able to quickly unpack and start the new semester. On my first day, I met the team I would be working with for the next four months. My cubicle was located in the Victoria building, just across the Parliament in downtown Ottawa. My immediate supervisor was Éloge Butera, a Tutsi Rwandan-Canadian graduate of McGill Law School. His family escaped the genocide just before it began. Two of my other colleagues were Allison and Nadia, possibly the most dedicated and brilliant people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Allison handled the binders, speeches and policy analysis of the Senator while Nadia was the coordinator for the All Parliamentarian Group for the Prevention of Genocide as this organization was chaired by the Senator.

As a special assistant to the Senator, my work was both exciting and fast-paced. My range of duties was more diverse than I could ever have imagined, from public policy analysis to event management. In the office, I was responsible for the Senator’s daily news readings, organizing the massive archive of articles and documents and coordinating upcoming events and drafting briefing notes for events and issues. Outside of my cubicle, I acted as both host and escort for visiting dignitaries, an event photographer and a representative of the Senator at meetings and conferences. Off the hill, I helped to mentor local grade 12 students to plan for their Annual Conference for Commemorating the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Mass Atrocities. This event featured guest speakers from both the House of Commons and NGO’s such as Oxfam Canada and had an audience of over 300 students. I was very glad to have just completed my summer of SLT at CFLRS in St-Jean because having a French language profile of C-B-A ensured that I could handle office work in both English and French.

From my work on team Dallaire, I had gained valuable insight in public service. More specifically, I had achieved a much greater understanding of the issues both domestic and international that faces Canada. These range from defence and veteran affairs to arctic sovereignty and Canada’s role within NATO. As an aspiring pilot for the RCAF, the knowledge gained during this internship will help me to understand my role within the CAF, within NATO, and within the context of what it means to be a Canadian.

Academically, this semester has also proven to be an eye-opener. Unlike my predecessors, I opted to take in-class courses at the University of Ottawa instead of directed readings from RMCC. This move ensured that I can complete all the critical courses to my program at the same time. During my internship, I was able to complete my last English credit, an Economics credit and coincidentally, a politics credit from Introduction to International Relations. In this last course, I was able to fully apply the insight I had gained working in the Senator’s office to the class discussions, the research essays and ultimately the outcome of the course. This semester at the University of Ottawa has also helped me to gain appreciation for the academic programs at RMCC; the dedication of the professors and size of classes have a direct effect on the success of the program.

Finally, I would like to give thanks and acknowledgement to everyone who has helped to make this internship possible. For all the behind-the-scenes support that I have received, I’d like to thank both Dr. Christian Leuprecht and Captain Trevor Marryatt for their endless patience in serving as my point of contacts for the academic wing and training wing respectively. I also would like to thank the RMC Foundation for granting me a bursary to help cover the expenses incurred while on this internship. I would like to thank Senator Dallaire and all the members of his team for the amazing mentorship they have given me during this period.

Submitted by 26549 OCdt (III) Kai Zhao

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Branch News…Kingston, Toronto & Halifax

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Photo by Curtis Maynard

The Kingston Branch – held their annual Spring dinner at the Senior Staff Mess – 9 Apr. Pictured is Andrew Robb, Gail and Ed Murray.

The black tie affair was well attended and the Guest Speaker was current college commandant, BGen Al Meinzinger.

More photos from the Dinner may be viewed here.

The regular monthly luncheon for May will be held at the SSM – Wed 7 May. Ex Cadets from the area or anyone who happens to be passing through are invited to attend. The usual suspects start showing up shortly before noon; lunch at 1230; the Annual General Meeting ; followed by the guest speaker for May – 14444 Dorothy Hector will wind up the afternoon.


Toronto Branch Does it in Style

26219 Ocdt (IV) Colin Cook

On Friday April 25th – 8 Cadets had the privilege of attending the RMC Club of Canada Toronto branch annual dinner. Those who were fortunate enough to attend had the opportunity to network and socialize with a vast array of different ex-Cadets that had come from as far as California and British Columbia in order to attend.

Caption: Pictured are many members from the Class of ’69 who for the past number of years have had the best class attendance at the dinner. This yer was no exception. Some years ago, the class “adopted” the Major, Danny McLeod to be their special guest every year at this event.  Danny passed away in January;  The Toronto Branch executive invited his widow, Sheila McLeod pictured above front & centre to attend.

RMCC Commandant Al Meinzinger and his wife Joy were amongst those seated at the head table alongside the late Maj Danny Mcleod’s wife Sheila; Bryan Bailey and Rod McDonald both representing the Club and the Foundation respectively. Toronto Branch president, 7278 Peter Fosbery handled the MC duties with a flair of humour in a highly professional manner.

It was a very exciting day for the Cadets, particularly the fourth years, as they had all finished their final exams that morning. Indeed, General Meinzinger highlighted his pride in the many individual achievements of a few current Cadets in attendance and discussed his own experiences during his first year as Commandant, most notably his list of “10 Perks of being Commandant”. The list included his assertion that he “No longer needed to be afraid of the Sergeant Major and DCdts!” which garnered much laughter from both current and ex-Cadets.

RMCC Varsity Hockey Coach Adam Shell was also invited to speak and provided an overview of university hockey in Canada in the course of thanking the Toronto Branch for their generous fundraising contributions to the RMC hockey program.

Following dinner, the roll was called with club members standing and giving their college number in descending order by year of graduation, ranging from 2016 to the early 1950s.

The evening was filled with much brevity, laughter and camaraderie. The most striking aspect for the current Cadets was the nature of connection that being an ex-Cadet embodies because of the shared experience and understanding that graduating from RMCC entails. I dare say that there are not many institutions in the world that foster such a unique connection between alumni that have graduated over 50 years apart. The opportunity to attend this dinner reinforced amongst the current Cadets how special it is to be part of such a unique family that is held together, in no small part, by the efforts of the RMC Club and the dedication of Branch executives across the country.

As Cadets we appreciated the very nice gesture from the Toronto Branch to be special guests at this prestigious dinner and I also want to publicly express our combined thanks to the RMC Foundation for providing the transportation from Kingston to Toronto for the eight Cadets.

Photos from the Toronto Dinner by 7077 Paul Wehrle


HMCS Iroquois welcomes alumni aboard

By: Sub-Lieutenant Emilie Beland, HMCS Iroquois UPAR (Article received through Sadie Toulany, Maritime Forces Atlantic/Joint Task Force Atlantic Navy Public Affairs

HALIFAX (N.S.) – On Monday, April 14 2014, the Commanding Officer of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Iroquois, Commander Matthew Coates, welcomed senior alumni of the ship, Rear-Admiral (retired) Mike Saker and Commander (retired) Bill Gard, aboard the vessel for soup, coffee, and a tour. During the tour, the retired officers enjoyed learning about how the ship has evolved over the years while reminiscing about their experiences as young sailors.

RAdm (ret’d) Saker is one of the few remaining members that was aboard HMCS Iroquois when she first left the jetty in Sorel for sea trials in 1972. At the time, RAdm (ret’d) Saker was a young engineer participating in the 280 trial team. Cdr (ret’d) Gard was the Marine Systems Engineer Officer aboard the vessel from 1983 to 1985. Cdr (ret’d) Gard has maintained his relationship with the ship and her crew ever since. He even partook in a day sail aboard HMCS Iroquois in February 2014 as the President of Royal Military Colleges Club, N.S. Branch.

Photo below courtesy of : Joint Task Force Atlantic Navy Public Affairs

Photo (DND), from left to right: Cdr Coates, RAdm (ret’d) Saker, Cdr (ret’d) Gard, Lieutenant-Commander Raphael Liakas

Photo du MDN, de gauche à droite : Le capitaine de frégate Coates, le Cam (à la retraite) Saker, le Capf (à la retraite) Gard, le capitaine de corvette Raphael Liakas

Le NCSM Iroquois accueille des anciens à son bord

Par l’enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe Emilie Beland, RAPU, NCSM Iroquois ( Sadie Toulany – Affaires publiques de la Marine Forces maritimes de l’Alantique/Force opérationnelle interamées de l’Atlantique)

HALIFAX (N.-É.) – Le lundi 14 avril 2014, le capitaine de frégate Matthew Coates, commandant du navire canadien de Sa Majesté (NCSM) Iroquois, a accueilli à bord des anciens du navire, le contre-amiral (à la retraite) Mike Saker et la capitaine de frégate (à la retraite) Bill Gard, pour une soupe, un café et une visite du navire. Les officier à la retraire ont pris plaisir à se remémorer leurs expériences de jeunes marins. Ils ont aussi pu constater à quel point le navire a évolué au fil des années.

Le Cam (à la retraite) Saker est l’un des derniers membres qui se trouvait à bord du NCSM Iroquois quand il a quitté le quai de Sorel pour des essais en mer en 1972. Le Cam (à la retraite) Saker était à cette époque un jeune ingénieur qui faisait partie de l’équipe des essais du groupe des 280. Le Capf (à la retraite) Gard était l’officier du génie des systèmes de marine à bord du navire de 1983 à 1985. Le Capf (à la retraite) Gard a gardé contact avec le navire et son équipage depuis ce jour. Il a également passé une journée en mer à bord du NCSM Iroquois en février 2014 en tant que président du club des Collège militaire royal, division de la N.-É.

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Photo Captions:Oceanographer 15459 Martin Taillefer says the site of where the plane is must be pinned down otherwise finding the black box may be impossible” (21 March).  “The Bluefin-21 is an autonomous underwater vehicle searching for the MH370 debris field, Maritime Way’s President Martin Taillefer explains “(14 April) (Click on photos for better viewing)


On March 8th, 2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, carrying 239 people vanished and has since been assumed to have crashed into the South Indian Ocean.  A visual surface search involving numerous military aircraft and ships has searched hundreds of square miles for debris evidence of the crash but with no confirmed sightings from the flight or debris.  The search moved underwater after detections were made of the blackbox underwater pinger that was transmitting a signal beyond its 30-day activation life.  To date the underwater search performed by the torpedo-shaped autonomous underwater vehicle called a Bluefin-21 has not made any detections of a bottom debris field and a possible crash site.

Providing CTV News oceanographic, acoustic and sonar analysis of the condition and the difficulties of the search is 15459 Martin Taillefer (RRMC Class of 1987).  Martin is a graduate of the Royal Roads Physics and Oceanography program and served 20 years in the Royal Canadian Navy specialising in Underwater Warfare.  He assumed the role of the Pacific Fleet Oceanographer in 1997 until his retirement in 2001.  Since then Martin worked at General Dynamics Canada on Swedish and Canadian acoustic systems, and in 2006 was asked to joined Fisheries and Oceans Canada as a Senior Oceanography Adviser.  In 2010, Martin started a small Oceanography and Acoustics company called Maritime Way Scientific Ltd, specialising in underwater acoustic propagation modelling and oceanographic analysis.  On March 21st, Martin began commenting on the oceanography and acoustics of the potential crash region west of Australia to CTV News Channel and Canada AM.  He appeared 6 times in the course of a 4 week period.

Maritime Way’s web site:

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16009 Steve Molaski still lacing ‘em up!

Posted by rmcclub on April 27th, 2014

About the author

Claude Scilley is a journalist who spent most of his career in the sports department of the Kingston Whig-Standard, where he began covering high school and intercollegiate sports  - including reporting on athletics at RMC since 1972.

A leading authority on all levels of sport in the Kingston area over the last four decades, Claude has been recognized for his work by the Ice Skating Association of Ontario, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, Ontario University Athletics and Queen’s University. In 2008 he received the K.J. Strachan Award for editorial writing from the Ontario Newspaper Association.

Steve Molaski still lacing ‘em up!


In a military career that spans more than 30 years, for Steve Molaski, one of the biggest highlights happened not long ago.

His son, Camron, joined him in Europe during his college spring break, and the two of them went to Germany to play hockey.

“We were short four or five guys,” said Lt.-Col. Molaski, currently posted to the NATO Joint Operational Headquarters in Naples. “There’s not too many hockey players around here. I called my son and said, ‘Hey, come on, you’ve got to play with us. There will be lots of ice time.’

“After coaching him four or five times in minor hockey, it was really wonderful to play with my son in a sanctioned tournament. Just fantastic.”

For Molaski, a 1988 graduate of Royal Military College, the tournament embodied the three things he says are important to him — his family, career and the camaraderie of a team.

“There are a lot of tremendous people I’ve been fortunate to work with,” he said. “Good friends, good leaders, good bosses — fantastic soldiers. I’ve always liked team sports, the camaraderie for me is important … it’s the cornerstone of what we do, how we operate.”

Molaski was one of the pre-eminent university hockey players of his era. He came to RMC after having won a Memorial Cup with the Cornwall Royals, a rookie on a team that also included Scott Arniel, Dale Hawerchuk and Doug Gilmour. Molaski graduated with 205 career points with the Redmen, sixth all-time in the Ontario University Athletics Association to that point.

An Army artillery officer, Molaski, 51, recalls that his mere arrival at RMC was a bit of a fluke.

“I was thinking about becoming a police officer and I was looking at taking criminology at Carleton,” he said, “and a buddy of mine, who I had played minor hockey with, said ‘Did you ever think of joining the military?’ And I said no, I hadn’t.”

The notion, however, had instant appeal for one of the younger children in a Belleville family of 13.

“My father had just retired after 36 years on the CNR,” Molaski said on the telephone on a sunny, 23-degree day in southern Italy — after a night when half a foot of snow fell in Kingston.

“It was a way of putting myself through university that caught my eye, the economics of it. Prior to that I didn’t have much of a military background. I wasn’t in cadets or anything of that nature. I really didn’t have any expectations but I went into it with an open mind, thinking I would see how it went.

“Every year it got better and better. To be honest, I didn’t know what I was getting into when I got (to RMC). I was surprised to see how many other people were there in the same boat. There were a few who were third or fourth generation military background and they’d always wanted to get in, but for the most part, probably 75 per cent of the people there were looking for something new and challenging.”

After graduating, Molaski owed the Canadian Forces four years service and he spent them in Germany. It was near the end of the Cold War era, so much of the training was about readiness. “It was fun,” he said. While he was there he married Cindy, the Queen’s University nursing student from Barrie he met while in Kingston.

Both his children, Holly, 21, who studies at Queen’s, and Camron, 19, now at Algonquin College, were born in Kingston while Molaski was posted back to RMC as a squadron commander. During that time, he also helped to coach the varsity hockey team.

His overseas postings have taken him to the Baltic Defence College in Estonia, to Kosovo and twice to Afghanistan.

That an elite academic institution would be the destination of a fellow who played two years of major junior hockey was enough of a long shot. For that man subsequently to make a career in the Forces would have perhaps been an even more risky bet.

“After my first four years were up, I was married for three years with a baby on the way,” Molaski said. Times were good so he stuck it out for the next bit. “Then all of a sudden you have to sign your next contract, you’re close to 20 years in and the kids are grown up.

“I just always loved what I’ve been doing. I always enjoyed the training and the work ethic you have to have, the opportunities to take courses and travel, play sports — it just kept me feeling young, like a kid.”


Next Issue, Claude will be catching up with 8074 Doug Smith

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7602 Tom Smallman Has Full and Varied Career

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Ex-Cadet Has Full and Varied Career

Edited by 25366 Mike Shewfelt

7602 Thomas Smallman, RMC ’68, earned his Master of Science in Solid State Physics at McMaster University in 1970. He served as a Communications Officer (CELE) until 1971, where his responsibilities included inauguration of the Long Range Communication Terminals deployed during the October 1971 Crisis in Quebec.

Beginning in 1971, Smallman trained as a physician and surgeon through the Medical Military Training Program (MMTP) program. He completed internship at McMaster University from 1971 to 1975.  His first posting was CFB Shilo as Base Surgeon and then to Winnipeg as Base and Flight Surgeon. After completing his orthopaedic residency at the University of Manitoba from 1979 to 1983, he served as the head of Orthopaedic Surgery at the National Defense Medical Center (NDMC) in Ottawa and as the Surgeon General’s Advisor on Orthopaedic Surgery. Smallman was also awarded the US Navy Commendation for his work as the Commanding Officer of the Canadian National Medical Augmentation Team, a team of 13 medical professionals deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1990 aboard the USNS Mercy. He retired from the Canadian Forces in 1991.

After his retirement, Smallman remained a civilian consultant with special interest in Sports Medicine, Trauma, and Reconstruction. After brief stints at NDMC Ottawa from 1991 to 1993, Otsego Orthopaedics and Bassett Hospital in New York State from 1993 to 1995, and the Centre Hospitalier Regional de L’Outaouais, Hull, Quebec, from 1995 to 1996, he followed an academic career in Syracuse, NY.  There he served at the Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, from 1996 to 2009.  His current practice focuses on knee surgery and sports medicine at the Auburn Community Hospital.

He had this to say of his time at RMC: “I credit Danny McLeod for both coaching me as an athlete, and for being a mentor, not only to me but also to hundreds of athletes during his career. I am somewhat proud of the fact that I continued to play amateur hockey after RMC.  I played for McMaster University while studying physics in 1969. I then returned to Kingston where I played at the Senior A level for the Aces for two years.  I then took a pause from hockey for four years to attend medical school and complete my internship.  My first posting as a military physician was to Shilo, Manitoba, which is close to Brandon, a hockey hotbed.  A local team was being organized, the Brandon Olympics, with player/coach Bryan Hextall, just back from 19 years with Philadelphia in the NHL.  I enjoyed playing with this team for the following 4 years, reaching the Allen Cup semi-final 3 times, twice with our team from Brandon, and once when I was picked up by the St-Boniface Mohawks.  It was an important aside from my role as a physician.”

Dr. Smallman has made a number of professional contributions to the field of orthopaedic surgery, including:

  • Development of orthopaedic surgery in the CFMS to its current important status of several surgeons geographically spread across Canada with appointments at regional trauma centers providing support to Canada’s peacekeeping responsibilities;
  • Particular interest in education led to the creation of the 7-day Canadian Orthopaedic Association Annual Basic Science Course (, providing core knowledge to residents from all of Canada’s 16 training programs, now in its 27th year;
  • Developed new concepts in the understanding of anterior knee pain (AKP), one of the major unsolved problems in orthopaedics.

He was awarded the COA Presidential Award of Excellence for outstanding contributions to orthopaedic surgery in Edmonton, June 2000.

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May 1952 – 3069 Bill McColl – Off to Europe!

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Editor: Over the past three years we have been following the every day grind at RMC during I, II, & III years in a personal diary 3069 Bill McColl maintained through those times. Following his III year, he and a few other cadets set sail for Europe and summer military training.

This will be the last entry until he returns in September!  For previous diary entries – go here.




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Can you match up these 11?

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Can you match them up?

Earle G. Hall; David Alexander; Jennifer DeGroot; Monica Bailey; Bill Griffis; Pierre Daigle;

Denis Gagné; Tania Pendergast; Nicholas Vlachopoulos; Shane Pinder; & Warner Sharkey.


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Winding down the school year…

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Fighting Stigma of Depression: The impact of mental health literacy on stigma of depression and attitudes towards treatment of depression.

Fourth year Honours students of the Psychology program recently presented their honours thesis. Following is a short description of one of the presentations at RMCC.

By: 26174 Stephanie NCdt (IV) Bengle – 3 Squadron

Lutter contre la stigmatisation de la dépression: L’impact de la capacité de connaissance en santé mentale sur la stigmatisation de la dépression et les attitudes envers le traitement de celle-ci.

The purpose of this thesis is to explore two main research questions (1) What is the relationship between mental health literacy of depression and stigma of depression, as well as attitudes towards depression treatment? And (2) Is there a gender difference surrounding the stigma of depression and depression treatment? Mental health literacy includes the specific knowledge and awareness of the depressed condition. The stigma surrounding depression includes negative beliefs or attitudes towards the illness. The two research questions generated six hypotheses. This thesis looks to explore if knowledge of the meaning of depression can be related to the lowering of the levels of stigma associated with depression. As well the thesis explores how there may be different levels of stigma awareness between genders.

There were 105 RMCC students who participated in the online survey for this study. The survey included measures about personal stigma, perceived public stigma, attitudes towards mental health treatment, and mental health literacy about depression. The results showed partial support for the relationship between mental health literacy and personal stigma towards depression. Therefore, studying personal stigma levels at RMCC would be an interesting area for future research. In addition the results showed generally low stigma scores for all the components of stigma. This finding of low stigma scores is similar to a thesis conducted by a previous psychology student (LaVine, 2013). For that reason, continuing to examine reasons for lower stigma scores at RMCC would be an interesting area for future research. This study is important to the research regarding depression, stigma, and mental health literacy. These topics pertain to RMCC students and members of RMCC who are interested in mental health at the college. Mental health awareness is a significant topic for military members and students at RMCC and additional research is also recommended for this topic.


Other news…

Exams ended this past Saturday, 26 April;

Barslate handover and incoming briefs (ongoing);

The Athletic Department is undertaking a review of the Supplementary Physical Training Program (SPT) to determine what improvements can be made in the program for September.

The RMCC Sailing Club and Team will be departing for Livorno, Italy on 27 Apr 14.

Copper Sunday event will take place on 4 May 14.

Preparations are being made for RMCC participation in Op Distinction and the Soldier On Afghanistan Relay (SOAR).

This past week the College hosted Mrs Rushton in order for her to view some of her late ancestor’s, RAdm Sir Robert Barrie, works that are held at the RMCC museum. This visit was also featured in local media.

A word from… Craig Palmer – Recreation Coordinator

Best of luck to a group of Clubs and OCdts taking part in competition in the coming week! Three major events taking place thanks to the hard work from the OPIs and great support from the RMC Foundation and RMC Staff.   Pictures and results to come upon completion of these activities:

RMC Sailing Club – TAN Regatta – Livorno, Italy,26-April to 5-May

RMC Multisport Club – Bassman Triathlon – New Jersey, 1-5 May

RMC Chess Club – Canadian Military Chess Championships – 1-5 May

Good luck everyone!

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PAG Going to the Dogs?…Not Really!

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Pause for Paws

By: OCdt Victoria Dombrowsky

Are you tired of seeing the same funny animal gifs on 9gag everyday? Have YouTube compilations of dogs barking “I love you” lost their tender touch? Are campus critters still shunning you for that time you wore your Yukon hat during your chilly dash over to Constantine? Fear not, my friends, RMCC’s Animal Interaction Programs are here to solve all of your animal woes! The Peer Assistance Group (PAG), in partnership with St. John’s Ambulance Animal Therapy volunteers, has developed two new programs that aspire to offer both cadets and staff members momentary reprieves from their hectic schedules.

The cadet interaction program, which will operate during the more demanding points of the school year (midterms and finals exams, FYOP, etc.), presents students with the opportunity to pet, hold, and play with dogs provided by generous St. John’s Ambulance volunteers. In the past week, two events were held in Girouard and Massey Library for an hour each; both visits from the dogs were met with considerable excitement, with attendance reaching upwards of 31 cadets on the first visit alone. The April 17th visit featured a playful Welsh Springer Spaniel named Rufus, and Thoe, an Australian Shepherd who was instantly wooed by Chief Davidson’s superior belly-rubbing skills. The second visit on April 23rd starred Bella and Ziggy, two standard Poodles who know how to make a 5′s wedge look good. Cadets can expect further visits from their canine friends in the Fall semester, when their Animal Interaction Program returns with a furry vengeance.

Don’t worry staff members, we haven’t forgotten you! Every Monday from 1000-1100, Ben the Labradoodle and his handler Marilyn will be travelling through Mackenzie to make some new friends. Although the Labradoodle breed is often portrayed as being hypoallergenic, it is asked that any staff members who have allergies to dogs avoid if possible direct contact with Ben. The staff interaction program will run from April 28th until end of June, and will recommence in September.

These fantastic events would simply not be possible without the help of the generous volunteers of the St. John’s Ambulance. St. John’s Ambulance has provided invaluable services to the Canadian public for well over a century; its Therapy Dogs program in particular has helped numerous individuals in the elderly, ill, disabled, and education communities, as well as those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Its continued partnership with RMCC for the Animal Interaction Programs is sure to bring smiles to many faces for years to come.

Those interested in attending interaction events should keep their eyes on their webmail inboxes and campus televisions for future dates and times.

Stay happy and healthy, RMCC!

Pause canine

par Victoria Dombrowsky


Êtes-vous fatigué de voir les mêmes gifs d’animaux drôles sur 9gag tous les jours? Les compilations YouTube de chiens aboyant ” je t’aime” ont perdu leur touche tendre? Les créatures du campus vous boudent encore pour cette fois où vous avez porté votre chapeau Yukon lors de cette journée froide en route vers Constantine ? Ne craignez pas, mes amis, les programmes d’interaction des animaux du CMRC sont là pour résoudre toutes ces situations canines! Le Groupe d’assistance aux pairs (GAP), en partenariat avec les bénévoles du programme de chiens de l’Ambulance Saint-Jean a développé deux nouveaux programmes qui aspirent à offrir à la fois aux Cadets et aux membres du personnel du CMRC un sursis momentané dans leurs horaires chargés .

Le programme d’interaction pour les Cadets, qui fonctionnera pendant les moments les plus exigeants de l’année scolaire (examens de mi- session et finaux, POPA, etc.) présente aux étudiants la possibilité de caresser, de tenir, et de jouer avec des chiens fournis par les bénévoles généreux de l’Ambulance St. Jean. La semaine dernière, deux événements ont eu lieu dans Girouard et à la bibliothèque Massey pendant une heure chaque; les deux visites de chiens ont été accueillies avec un enthousiasme considérable, avec au plus haut de la fréquentation 31 Cadets pour la première visite seulement. La visite du 17 avril a apporté un ludique « Welsh Springer Spaniel » nommé Rufus, et Thoe, un berger australien qui a été immédiatement courtisé par les excellentes aptitudes de frottage de ventre du PM1 Davidson. La deuxième visite le 23 avril amena les deux vedettes Bella et Ziggy, deux caniches standards qui ont su comment faire bien paraître le « wedge » du Collège. Les Cadets peuvent s’attendre à de nouvelles visites de leurs amis canins durant le semestre d’automne, lorsque leur programme d’interactions avec les animaux reviendra sur le Campus.

Ne vous inquiétez pas membres du personnel, nous ne vous avons pas oublié! Tous les lundis de 1000-1100 hrs, Ben le labradoodle et son maître Marilyn se rendront à Mackenzie afin de se faire de nouveaux amis. Bien que la race labradoodle est souvent dépeinte comme étant hypoallergénique, il est demandé que les membres du personnel qui ont des allergies aux chiens évitent le contact direct avec Ben. Le programme de l’interaction pour le personnel se déroulera du 28 avril jusqu’à la fin juin, et reprendra en septembre.

Ces événements fantastiques ne seraient tout simplement pas possible sans l’aide des généreux bénévoles de l’Ambulance Saint-Jean. L’Ambulance Saint-Jean a fourni de précieux services à la population canadienne depuis plus d’un siècle; son programme de chiens de thérapie a aidé en particulier de nombreuses personnes dans les communautés âgées, malades, handicapées, et de l’éducation, ainsi que ceux qui souffrent du syndrome de stress post-traumatique. Son partenariat continu avec le CMRC pour les programmes d’interaction des animaux est sûr d’apporter des sourires sur beaucoup de visages pour les années à venir.

Les personnes intéressées à assister aux événements d’interaction avec les animaux devraient garder les yeux sur leurs boîtes courriel et sur les téléviseurs du campus pour les dates et les temps futurs.

Restez heureux et en bonne santé, CMRC!


PAG pizza night

«Dimanche dernier, le 13 avril, le Groupe d’assistance aux pairs (GAP) a organisé une soirée pizza gratuite pour les étudiants du CMRC. Cela a été organisé le dimanche afin de permettre aux étudiants qui n’allaient pas à la maison pour le week-end ou qui sont restés au CMRC afin d’étudier pour les examens du lundi de prendre une pause pour discuter, boire une bière et se détendre. Cette année, l’élève-officier Wilson Ho, le “team leader” de la division D du GAP était en charge de l’organisation de l’événement. “Je suis heureux qu’il y ait eu une grande participation,» dit-il, «c’est une bonne façon de se détendre et manger de la pizza tout en étudiant pour les examens finaux. “La présidente du GAP, l’élève-officier, Ophélia Reymes en a convenu aussi.” L’événement a connu un vif succès et beaucoup de gens étaient très reconnaissants. “dit-elle, et lorsqu’on l’interroge sur environ combien de personnes étaient là, elle a répondu,” au moins 50 personnes dans la première demi-heure. “Inutile de dire que la pause pizza a été très bien reçue par l’ Escadre.”

“Last Sunday, April 13th, the Peer Assistance Group (PAG) hosted a free pizza night for the students at RMCC. It was hosted on Sunday to allow students that did not go home for the weekend or were stuck at RMCC studying for Monday’s exams a break to chat, have a beer and relax. This year, D-Division PAG Leader, OCdt. Wilson Ho was in charge of organizing the event. “I’m glad that there was a great turnout,” he said, ” it’s good to relax and have some pizza while studying for finals. ” PAG President, OCdt. Ophelia Reymes agreed as well. “The event was pretty packed and a lot of people were very thankful.” she said, and when asked about approximately how many people were there, she replied, ” at least 50 people in the first half hour.” Needless to say, the pizza break was very well received by the Cadet Wing.”

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Sailing History at RMCC 101

Posted by rmcclub on April 27th, 2014

Sailing infrastructure at the Canadian Military Colleges

Author: OCdt P. Scotty Marshall, C.D., M1041, Commodore of the RMCC Yacht Club.

In the years since I took over as the Commodore of the RMCCYC I have made a habit of spending time examining photos of the College taken from distant vantage points in an effort to learn more about the history of its waterfront. While the focal point of these prints hanging in the various administrative offices is often Mackenzie, Currie, or the Stone Frigate, my attention tends to be drawn more towards the east side of the campus and the St. Lawrence Pier, scanning for boats that are often captured in the frame. I am certain that these photographers had no intent of documenting the waterfront, but together with the Massey Library Archives and the information gleaned from yearbooks, one can start to develop a history of the infrastructure and boats that have been used to enable sailing since the creation of the College. The following will be what I have managed to deduce from these sources together with my own intuition and the personal accounts of those who remember. I would like to treat this as a game of sorts; I will make a series of statements regarding the history of this aspect of sailing at the College knowing full well that there are holes in the historical record, and I would ask anyone who can find an error to email me or post to the bottom of this article with their correction.


The image above represents the oldest known documentation of boats on the RMCC waterfront, and is noted as having been taken in 1885 on the Navy Bay side of the Stone Frigate. One surmises that early sailing activities at RMCC benefitted from the infrastructure left at the College from the presence of the Kingston Royal Navy Dockyard prior to the College’s creation. Some of the earliest publications of “The R.M.C. Review” from the 1920s list a variety of small sailing craft that hardly seem to bear mention, apparently because they were as much a normal part of College life as the cannons and horses used for training and drilling future officers. In December of 1935 RMCC celebrated the loan of a new sailing whaler and a new cutter from the RCN, as well as the construction of a new boathouse not far from where the current boathouse sits. Every once in a while when the water is low, we “find” one of the cribs that supported this structure with the keels of our boats, usually stopping dead in homage to our forbearers. By 1935 dingy sailing in craft donated to the club by ex-Cadets had long since begun in earnest, and were old enough by this point that one such vessel had been retired to provide a source of spare parts for the six that were still serviceable. In addition, the “R.M.C. Dingy Fund” had been established and listed $1,065.79 in assets for the care of the RMCC fleet, and was funded and run by ex-Cadets. Much like we are experiencing today, 1935 marked an era of growth for sailing at the College, and was the first season that both Intercollegiate Sailing and Intermural Sailing were made an option for RMCC Cadets (more on this in the next article).

Thanks not in part to what came with the old dockyard, RMCC originally had five piers and the seawall behind the Stone Frigate that could be used to tie boats up. Among these were two piers on the downtown side of the campus, one not far from Fort Frederick where the gazebo sits today, and one adjacent to the Commandant’s residence. On the Fort Henry side there was the St. Lawrence Pier, the Stone Frigate Seawall, the boathouse jetty, and another smaller pier that once extended from the site of the current Senior Staff Mess. Their retaining walls and cribs were built of wood filled with aggregate and soil, though both the St. Lawrence Pier and the Stone Frigate Seawall were eventually redeveloped with steel and concrete retaining walls giving them their current permanence. Evidence of the prior wood and rock construction can still be seen in the jetty behind the boathouse, where the old timbers that have held that jut of land together against the south winds of Lake Ontario for eighty or more years are now slowly deteriorating into the bay. Perhaps it is not the most modern style of construction; that it lasted this long is testament to the techniques used in that bygone era.

The 1950s marked the beginning of another high-point in the development of sailing and boats at the College. By this time the annual regatta featured sailing races in Admiralty and Ackroyd dinghies, as well as Bluenose Sloops. In July of 1958 one of these Bluenoses went down off Garden Island, and a RMCC professor, Dr. Peter Fisher and three passengers lost their lives in the sinking. The Bluenose fleet persisted until around the mid-70s, though correspondence with a helpful ex-Cadet in response to my last article indicates that by this point they were experiencing troubles, including a sinking while tied up on the pier. Winter sailing was also a regular occurrence in the 50s, and ice boats plied the frozen bay until 1979 when the the last one was sold off. This was also the era of maritime construction at the RMCC, and the Engineering Department designed and built a submersible vessel, the much loved aluminum motor vessel “CORDITE,” and in the 1960s a Corvette V-8 powered hydrofoil named the “SHRAPNEL.” In recent years we named our J/22 “SHRAPNEL” in honor of this engineering project, an image of which was published with my prior article,.

Another important feature of the waterfront in the 1950s was the presence of Ron Dudley, who was the resident shipwright at RMCC. By the early 1960s Mr. Dudley was the only shipwright left in Kingston, and although he likely had his hands full maintaining the various boats such as the Bluenoses, Admiralty dinghies, and Whalers at the College, he also undertook to construct a fleet of “K” boats from a design developed in the RMCC engineering department. Out of a workshop in the basement of the Stone Frigate, he scratch built this fleet and it persisted until the arrival of the 420s in the late 1960s. By 1969, RMCC, RRMC, and CMRC had all begun one design 420 racing, with RMCC often hosting the other colleges in intercollegiate regattas. At some point prior to 1973 the Bluenoses had been phased out, and three Viking 22s were acquired, though the timing of this purchase is currently unknown.


In 1978 Ron Dudley retired from his position as the RMCC shipwright, and in his place Albert Angenet took over as the Supervisor Carpenter for the boat shop. At this point RMCC carpentry and boat maintenance were essentially the same organization focused in two directions. This was due not in part to the fact that the original boathouse also housed the carpentry, and so economies were found in having the maintenance team that was already collocated work to keep everything working. Another carpenter of the era, Joe Moore, hired Pat Carr, the current Carpentry Shop Supervisor, in 1981 as both a carpenter and shipwright. The old boathouse was torn down in 1984-85, and the new boathouse erected on the shore adjacent to its old site in 1989, with the jetty extending behind it to form a protective harbor. This became the primary home to RMCC’s powered safety boats, its 420 fleet, and in the early 90s, a fleet of 14 Albacores. In addition, a LCdr Dewes arranged for the College to purchase a Tanzer 22 in 1990 that is still at RMCC. In 1993 these boats were augmented by three Sonar 23 keel boats, one of which also still sails with our fleet.

With the extensive cuts to the military budget of the 1990s, and in the wake of the closure of both CMRC and RRMC, several significant impacts were felt in sailing at the college: First, the military began to create a greater division between public resources and non-public assets, meaning that it was becoming less permissible to have public employees maintain NPF assets. Second, as the shipwrights who had maintained the fleet retired, their positions were no longer backfilled in the interest of savings. Third, responsibility for the boats and much of the waterfront became the secondary duty for the PO1 of the Stone Frigate, though over time the role of Harbor Master disappeared entirely. Fourth, the last of the Royal Roads keelboats, a Martin 242 now named the “Royal Roads,” was delivered in 1995, and continues now to be our fastest and most preferred club vessel. Fifth, sailboat racing as a competitive sport on an intercollegiate level disappeared entirely from the mid-90s until the early 2000s. With much of the College marine maintenance infrastructure gone by the late 90s, the decision was made in 2000 to transfer our sailing dinghies, the 420s and Albacores, to H.M.C.S. Ontario for use with their sailing program. This came with the understanding that we would be able to use them by way of a SLA for training and racing activities over the subsequent years. Though the RMCC Yacht Club does own five keelboats currently as non-public assets, the College itself no longer owns its own sailboats that can be used for training cadets.

Although little time passed at RMCC before competitive sailing once again became a regular activity, it has yet to regain the level of institutional support that it once enjoyed. In 2006 a cadet-led initiative was undertaken to purchase the J/22 “Shrapnel” previously mentioned, which provided the opportunity for cadets to again try their hand at sailing a keelboat that is in excellent shape and meant to be raced. Within the last couple of months the Yacht Club was able to secure funding from the RMCC Unit Fund for the purchase of several used boats, something for which we are very grateful, and soon several of our aged keelboats will be replaced with three J/24s, as well as a larger cruising vessel. The matched J/24s will be used to train our competitive sailors with a renewed focus on keelboats, and it is our intent to bring intermural dinghy sailing back to RMCC in the coming fall term. We still have significant challenges to overcome: the money for matched boats needs to be spent well on quality boats to last the next twenty years, we have no means of lifting our boats out of the water on College grounds, and sailing must once again become a standard part of cadet life at RMCC.

Items of sailing infrastructure, the pier, docks, boathouses and boats, are rarely reminisced upon when sailors convene years after sailing together. They are the boring bits; these things are not the subject of fondly remembered stories regarding how they worked, unless of course they didn’t. Infrastructure is that part of the story that both makes up 99%, and is also invisible. Without the pier, countless students could not have jumped off of it for an early summer swim. Without the keelboats, Dr. Fischer could not have lost his life sailing off garden Island, nor could generations of cadets had their first taste of real sailing. Without the old boathouse, students of the era could not tell the story of how it once burned down almost entirely, or others how they learned the ropes of caring for boats while within its walls. Without the “Cordite,” engineers couldn’t recall using it as a floating classroom, nor would the College cheer be quite the same. The telltales of our history are made of the long yarns told by RMCC sailing alumni, and these yarns are made of the threads of infrastructure that keeps sailing alive at RMCC.

Stories, anecdotes, corrections, or digitized media can be emailed to the Club at


1. The earliest known pleasure sailing boats at RMCC ca. 1885, Massey Library Archives.

2. Map fragment, Townsend Collection in the Massey Library Archives, date unknown; photo of the Navy Bay Shore, date likely early 1940s, Townsend Collection in the Massey Library Archives; a gaff schooner and three sloops on the St. Lawrence Pier, RMC Review 1945.

3. K-boats on the old boathouse ramp, RMC Review 1941; two Bluenose sloops, RMC Review 1966; Viking 22, RMC Review 1973; 420s doing a spinnaker run, RMC Review 1974.

Special thanks to the staff of the Massey Library for the use of their archival material and their guidance using the new overhead scanner. Thanks as well to Pat Carr for his time recounting the history of RMCC sailing and infrastructure over the past thirty or more years of his career.


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Voyage à Paris et à Londres

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Voyage à Paris et à Londres

- un article de l’Élève-officier Antoine Boulé

Du 1er au 9 mars, un groupe d’élèves-officiers du CMR Saint-Jean ont participé à un voyage culturel à Paris et a Londres. Ce voyage était d’une durée de 7 jours, soit trois jours dans la métropole anglaise, suivi de 4 jours de visite dans la ville des lumières.

Les Élèves-officiers ont donc fait leurs bagages pour visiter les deux grandes villes des pays qui ont fondé le Canada. Le but de ce voyage était donc de s’imprégner de la culture, des valeurs et des mœurs des peuples qui sont venues habiter le Canada que nous connaissons de nos jours.

Sur cette lancée, les Élèves-officiers ont visité à Londres comme à Paris les incontournables : le palais de Buckingham, le Big Ben, un pub traditionnel anglais, les Champs-Élysées, la tour Eiffel, les Musées du Louvre et D’Orsay, l’église Notre-Dame de Paris et encore beaucoup d’autres grands attraits touristiques. Nous avons aussi participé à une cérémonie importante, soit le ravivage de la Flamme du Souvenir à l’Arc de Triomphe, sous le regard attentif de nombreux spectateurs.

De plus, les élèves-officiers ont eu la chance d’avoir une séance privée avec le Haut-Commissionnaire à Londres ainsi que l’ambassadeur du Canada en France. Ensuite, les élèves-officier ont eux la chance de revoir leur ancien commandant, le Colonel Maillet, maintenant Attaché de Défense auprès la France. « Wow, trois jours passés à Londres et maintenant nous voilà face à quatre autres jours dans une autre des plus belles villes du monde », m’a confié l’Élève-officier Matthieu Brière dans le train grande vitesse entre Londres et Paris.

En somme, les élèves-officiers ont participé à un merveilleux voyage dans le but de voir les cultures des deux peuples fondateurs du Canada. Cette activité s’inscrit dans le volet bilinguisme du curriculum du collège, car elle permettait de comprendre l’origine du bilinguisme canadien. Nous sommes très reconnaissants à la fondation des CMRs qui a financé une grande partie du voyage. Sans leur générosité, nous n’aurions pas pu y aller !


Photo 1 : Les élèves-officiers (gauche vers la droite) Karl Hurtubise, Antoine Boulé, Stefan Bobes, Matthieu Brière, Joel Clusiault, Bradly Roy, Chad Rodriguez et Yan Marcous ainsi que le Lieutenant de vaisseau Cuthbert (au centre) en face de l’ambassade de France.


Photo 2 : Les Élèves-officiers Stefan Bobes, Chad Rodriguez, Bradly Roy, Yan Marcoux et Joel Clusiault durant leur visite des écuries du Royal Mounted Artillery.


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Part VII The Reality of Battle – The Italian Campaign – Reinforcement Officers – 2761 Colonel Syd Frost: Northern Italy –

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Mike Shewfelt – “The Phaireoir Legacy” – Final Chapter

Posted by rmcclub on April 27th, 2014

A year ago, e-Veritas ran a four part series featuring the writing of 25366 Mike Shewfelt, whose fantasy novel “The Phaireoir Legacy” tells the story of College Cadet Jim Carmichael, and his journey on horseback from Kingston to Calgary and beyond.   A publisher for the novel is currently being sought.

Read the first eleven chapters of the novel here.




What the hell was that…? Cout wondered. He had pushed on through the night, stopping only to eat a little food, driven on by his hunch that Jim was in trouble. The scream had stopped him in his tracks. That’s not any animal I’ve ever heard…but it’s coming from up ahead, and… his eyes scanned the ground, searching in the pale moonlight… Jim’s trail leads that way. Oh shit…

He took the safety off his rifle.

Jim stood, bringing the rifle to bear…and the shadow leapt at him. He got off a single shot, too rushed, and then it was there, a black hand gripping the rifle, a fearful grip threatening to tear it from Jim’s grasp, its foul breath making Jim’s eyes water. He held on in desperation, fear sapping his strength until, with a mighty heave, the creature snapped the rifle clean in two. The shadow threw the pieces aside, grabbed Jim’s shirt as he tried to jump clear, and stabbed him in the chest with its sword.

Cout ran, the sounds of the fight coming clear through the still night air. Hang on, Jim.

The pain exploded in Jim’s mind, and he collapsed to the ground, as a cry of pure agony escaped his lips. His chest was a mass of agony, his breathing coming in great gasps, his life blood flowing out through the gaping wound in his side. For the creature had stabbed him with the same blade that had killed Rudy, and the vile toxin with which it was coated was already eating away at Jim’s flesh.

Again, Jim felt more then heard the voice of the shadow, its fractured words resounding in his mind. “Fear…consumes. Fear…will consume…you…her…”

The creature took a step towards him, and Jim’s mind reeled at the shadow’s words. Her…Becca… His love for her burned within him, and he fought to his feet, roaring defiance at the creature. The shadow shrieked his response and lunged at Jim. They met and fell to earth locked together, Jim pounding on the creature with his all his strength. For the shadow was not a shadow at all, but a living being of flesh and bone. He landed blow after blow, striking its head and neck, but to no avail. He felt his strength begin to fade as the creature stabbed him again and then once more with the sword. The shadow was on top of him now, lying on the ground, and desperation took Jim’s heart. “Fear…consumes you…even now…you cannot…hide…” Jim lay on the ground, flailing desperately for a weapon, any weapon, as the shadow drew back its sword for the final blow. “You are mi…”

The creature’s head exploded, scattering black flesh all over Jim’s face. He screamed as they sizzled and ate into his skin.


Jim faded in and out of consciousness. He knew that voice… The wounds in his chest burned where the acid ate away at his flesh, and a single tear rolled down his cheek. “Becca…” he moaned. He wasn’t going to make it.

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Deaths | Décès

Posted by rmcclub on April 27th, 2014

3222 James Alfred Jennings, Class of ’54

Jennings, James Alfred 11/29/1929 – 4/19/2014 Cherished husband of 58 years to Pat; beloved father of Lynne (Dinah Miller) of Dallas, TX, Tom (Jenny) of Woodbury, daughter-in-law Jean of Blair, WI; grandfather of Ellyn and Claire; brother of Isabel Drown of Vancouver, BC and William (Lynda) of Russel, Ont. Preceded in death by son, Robert; brother, Charles; and parents, James and Winnifred. He attended the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont., and retired from 3M in 1992 after 28 years of employment. Memorial service Friday, 11 am at Christ Episcopal Church, 7305 Afton Road, Woodbury with visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to donor’s choice. WULFF WOODBURY 651-738-9615.


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