« Return to Resources

1940-45~The Intrepid Tommy Prince, VC : Student - Biographies

Discovering Heroes ~ Tommy Prince printable worksheet.

Tommy Prince

Tommy Prince

Above: Tommy is being briefed before going out on patrol during the Korean War

Tommy Prince, descendant of Peguis, the Saulteaux Chief, became an expert in reconnaissance in WW II. Tommy Prince also served in the Korean War and was the most decorated Canadian Aboriginal.

When Prince was recommended for the Silver Star, an American army decoration for gallantry in action, his citation was glowing.

"So accurate was the report rendered by the patrol that Sergeant Prince's regiment moved forward on 5 September 1944, occupied new heights and successfully wiped out the enemy bivouac [encampment] area. The keen sense of responsibility and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Prince is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the Allied Nations."

Historica Minutes

Sargeant Prince's friend and fellow war veteran, Donald Mackey, Chairman of the Sergeant Tommy Prince memorial committee said, "Tommy never really received the recognition he deserved. This is why I wanted to do something like this as a tribute to him and to honour his memory and provide a role model for the kids in the area to look up to."