'Scotty' more than an engineer

Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2005

While listening to NPR the other day, I heard the obituary of actor James Doohan who passed away at 85. Doohan created the role of Montgomery "Scotty" Scott on the original Star Trek television series and later reprised it in many successful Star Trek Films.

I learned that Doohan, at age 19, joined the Royal Canadian Artillery, became a lieutenant and participated in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day. Doohan was wounded six times during that battle, including the loss of a finger.

The account reminded me that our Canadian ally made a significant contribution to the battle for democracy in World War II (the big one).

Although the U.S.-Canada relationship is a tad strained nowadays, we must never forget that our neighbors to the east were a faithful ally throughout World War II, Korea, the Cold War and Vietnam.

Bill Gronvold, Kenai

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