Morale Building Quote from General Jacques Dextraze (“Jadex”):
“Leadership is the art of influencing others to do willingly what is required in order to achieve an aim or goal”
Notes from Mike:
1. General Dextraze was the reviewing officer at the Ex-Cadet weekend parade on 2 October 1976, at which time my recruit class officially became members of the Cadet Wing.
2. Dextraze had a son, Richard Paul Dextraze, who was killed in Vietnam in 1969 while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps. At the time of his death, Lance Corporal Dextraze was 16 days short short of his 22nd birthday. He was awarded the Silver Star posthumously.
3. In 1997, while working on a project at Concordia University, I met Pierre Sévigny, Second World War hero and former Associate Minister of National Defence under John Diefenbaker. He was the officer who enlisted Jacques Dextraze in the FMR in 1940.
He served in World War II in North West Europe where he was granted command of his regiment in action and was awarded two Distinguished Service Orders. In 1950 he was called back from a civilian career to build, train and command the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, leading it in the Korean War. His battalion won considerable acclaim for its stubborn stand at “Hill 355” when allied troops withdrew, leaving the “Vingt deux” surrounded but unshaken.
In 1962 he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General.
In 1963 he was the first Canadian to be Chief of Staff of the United Nations Forces in the Republic of the Congo (Léopoldville) and was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his service. Brigadier-General Jacques Dextraze of the United Nations Operation in the Congo led missions to rescue group of Non Governmental Organization personnel, who were hostages of Katangan rebels in the Congo. He was one of Canada’s most distinguished peacekeeping commanders.
In 1967 he was promoted to Major General and Lieutenant-General in 1968. In 1972, he was promoted to the rank of General and became Chief of Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces for an unusual period of five years.