The year 1963 marked a significant milestone for the Regiment with the presentation of the Guidon. A Guidon is the Regimental flag and a highly prized symbol of the unit. On a sunny day at Windsor Stadium on McDougall Avenue in Windsor saw the Regiment in all its finery on parade. The Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, W. Earl Rowe, PC presented the Guidon to the Regiment. W.O. II Robert Casterson had the honour of carrying it for the first time.
Lieutenant-Governor W. Earl Rowe, Major J. Burnham and W.O. II R. Casterson
The program and ticket for admission to the presentation of the Guidon
The years 1962-63 and 1963-64 saw the Windsor Regiment compete against other units in patrolling competitions. Being an armoured Regiment competing against infantry units, no one expected much of a showing but to everyone’s surprise, we not only did well, we won.
Below is a jacket patch that the patrolling team were given to commemorate the event.
The Windsors served happily on the tanks until 1965 when they were once again re-rolled to RECCE.
Life went on in the Regiment. Training hard as always.
Here the troops are undergoing training on the Ferret Scott Car.
In 1967, Lt Col I.F. MacDonald CD took command of the Regiment. Lt Col MacDonald was a veteran of Dieppe. He retired from the military in 1970 but in 1975 he was again in uniform, this time as the commanding officer of the Essex & Kent Scottish. He became an Officer of the Order of Military Merit for his selfless devotion to duty.
Here is a photo of Lt Col MacDonald CD and a sample of a Lt Col uniform circa 1968
Like those days many years ago, pay parade was always a welcome event for the soldiers of the Regiment and Staff Sergeants were no exception. Below is a photo of SSgt George Passa CD receiving his pay under the watchful eye of Sgt Alfred Turner (with the pistol), Cpl William Garrett and the pay master, Captain Douglas McEachren.
Staff Sergeant’s uniform circa 1964
Events of 1964 would have a huge impact on the Canadian military. In that year the army, navy and air force were amalgamated into one service called the Canadian Forces. The old rank system that we were used to disappeared and was replaced with one universal system for all three elements of the Canadian Forces. Along with unification came new uniforms. The “man in the green flannel suit” as one recruiting campaign said it was here for the next many year. The army became Mobile Command with its own distinctive command badge. It took a while before the new uniforms were issued to the militia (as the reserve army was called). The government did issued badges to be sewn onto the arms of the battle dress that the Regiment still wore.
This battle dress uniform was worn by Captain S. A. Schooley. Notice the Mobile Command badges on the arms.
In 1970 the Armoured School was moved from C.F.B. Borden in Ontario to C.F.B. Gagetown in New Brunswick where it was joined with the infantry school to form the Combat Arms School.
Regimental parades were always well attended and the Regimental Band provided the music. Here is Captain Larry Pohjola in Patrol Uniform conducting the band, probably in the late 1960s and an example of the uniform from the museum’s collection.
The year 1976 saw the Summer Olympic Games come to Montreal Canada. This brought a huge deployment of Canadian military personal. Only 4 years previous, in Munich, West Germany, the Israeli Olympic team was brutally murdered by terrorists and no one wanted to risk the lives of the visiting athletes. Seven members of the Regiment deployed to Montreal as part of that operation.
The 40th reunion also occurred in 1976. Reunions are always happy times to reconnect with friends and old acquaintances. Below is the program from the 1976 reunion.
The year 1978 saw the Regiment send a troop of RECCE specialists to augment the Royal Canadian Dragoons as part of Exercise FALLEX in Europe. Known as the “Germany Troop” it was lead by then Captain George Walker with Joe Langlois as the Troop Warrant. Both men would later become Commanding Officers of the Regiment and Corporals Stan Vuk and Roch Gaudet who would both become Regimental Sergeant-Majors, Gaudet would be RSM twice.