Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Honored Allies Wednesday: Paul Triquet (Canada)

"On 14 December 1943 during the attack on Casa Berardi, Italy, when all the other officers and half the men of his company had been killed or wounded, Captain Triquet dashed forward and, with the remaining men, broke through the enemy resistance.  He then forced his way on with his small force – now reduced to two sergeants and 15 men – into a position on the outskirts of Casa Berardi.  They held out against attacks from overwhelming numbers until the remainder of the battalion relieved them, the next day.  Throughout the action Captain Triquet's utter disregard for danger and his cheerful encouragement were an inspiration to his men." 

From Capt. Triquet's Victoria Cross citation, awarded on 14 December 1943.
May you be at peace,
A statue of Triquet stands in the center of Ottawa as part of the fourteen Valiants in Confederation Square.

Mont Triquet is one of the peaks in the training area of CFB Valcartier

Triquet Island is named in his honour and is located off the west coast of British Columbia.

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