QUOTE: Jacques Alfred Dextraze (“Jadex”)

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.

Jacques Alfred Dextraze CC, CMM, CBE, DSO & Bar, KStJ, CD (August 15, 1919 – May 9, 1993) was a Canadian soldier and Chief of the Defence Staff from 1972–1977.

Born in Montreal, Québec, the son of Jacques Dextraze and Armanda (Bond) Dextraze, he joined Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal in 1940 as a Private, and was soon commissioned as Lieutenant.

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.

He retired from the Canadian Forces in 1977 and from 1977 to 1982 was Chairman of the Canadian National Railway.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK Courtesy of 12570 Mike Kennedy


  • 6533 Gordon Forbes

    January 19, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    I remember General Dextraze when he was CDS. He did a lot to re-instill pride in the CF. Among other things he reintroduced the wearing of uniforms every day in NDHQ after years of people only wearing their uniform one day a week, a hangover from the war.

  • Claude Perras

    January 19, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    General Dextraze was our reviewing officer at BOTC (Chilliwack) summer 1969. He began his address in English and commented on the performance of Alpha and Bravo Coys (English, most folks from RMC). Then, he turned to Charlie Coy (French) and said: «J’ai gardé le meilleur pour la fin». All members of Charlie Coy standing at the back of the Drill Hall grew two inches taller. Charlie Coy had won the majority of awards and trophies. 45 years later, this moment is still vivid in my mind.

    9592 Claude Perras