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Maj Charles Goodman

 

Born on Feb. 5, 1926 in Montreal. Always keen to be a soldier and, after several years as a high school cadet, joined a militia signal company in Saint John, N.B. Claiming to be of age he answered a call for signallers by the Saint John Fusiliers and found himself transported to Nanaimo Military Camp in Dec. 1942. Very little signal equipment; what was available was obsolete. Moved to Patricia Bay and then to New Westminster where they were very comfortable. Further postings to Prince George and Vernon where he transferred to the Rocky Mountain Rangers. Overseas as a reinforcement, posted to the South Saskatchewan Regiment. Moved to Normandy in July 1944 as a reinforcement for the regiment, through Caen to Ifs. Moved to Rocquancourt, then to Falaise where they "mouse-holed" house to house. 

His company reduced to fourteen men at the Seine. Became company signaller and carried a radio for the remainder of the war. Goodman drove off an enemy tank with a PIAT at the Antwerp-Turnhout Canal. Many small battles as they moved through Belgium and into Holland. Very close fighting during a German counterattack. Moved toward the Scheldt where he was wounded in the leg by shellfire. Unauthorized return to his unit. Nijmegen, a cold, miserable winter. Reichswald Forest. Liberated a concentration camp transit camp in Holland. Suffering from general fatigue, he was transferred to the carrier platoon. His carrier was mined, but luckily he was uninjured. 

Joined the Occupation Force as a member of the North Shore Regiment commanded by Bucko Watson. Moved to Wilhelmshaven to guard naval vessels. Guard duty and identity checks of Germans. Non-fraternization policy.  In late Apr. 1946 the battalion returned to Canada. Transferred to the 7th District Signal Company at Saint John, N.B. Parachute training. Commissioned as a second lieutenant and posted to the Royal 22e Regiment, although he did not speak French. Sent to Laval University to learn. Before he finished the course he was posted to the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment in Korea. With some apprehension he found himself in the front lines again. Posted to the mortar platoon, then second-in-command of A Company. Main activity involved night patrols, very hard on the nerves of junior N.C.O.'s and officers. The Chinese were similarly engaged and were excellent at fieldcraft.  When unit returned to Canada he was appointed the junior liaison officer at Commonwealth Division Headquarters. Returned to action with the 1st Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment as a platoon commander in C Company.