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Guy Robitaille's life was defined

Guy Robitaille was born into a family of eight children. His father worked in the shipyards, while his mother was sickly and rarely emerged from her bedroom. She died of tuberculosis when he was only five.

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Robitaille left school after Grade 8 and went to work, first as a delivery boy and then in the shipyard beside his father. When his father died of lung disease in 1936, Robitaille was largely on his own. He was 15. He successfully trained as an officer despite his lack of academic credentials.

OTTAWA, ON. APRIL 19, 2012 WWII veteran Guy Robitaille, 91, got shot three times in Sicily in 1943 and still continued to lead his platoon. APRIL 19, 2012 WWII veteran Guy Robitaille, 91, got shot three times in Sicily in 1943 and still continued to lead his platoon. Today he lives at the Perley Rideau Veteran's Centre in Ottawa. Here, he poses for pictures with his son, also named Guy Robitaille, 57, who clearly dotes on his feisty dad. (OTTAWA CITIZEN/JULIE OLIVER) 108562. OBSR. APRIL 19, 2012 WWII veteran Guy Robitaille, 91, got shot three times in Sicily in 1943 and still continued to lead his platoon. APRIL 19, 2012 WWII veteran Guy Robitaille, 91, got shot three times in Sicily in 1943 and still continued to lead his platoon. Today he lives at the Perley Rideau Veteran's Centre in Ottawa. Here, a closeup of the medals on his chest. (OTTAWA CITIZEN/JULIE OLIVER) 108562. OBSR. APRIL 19, 2012 WWII veteran Guy Robitaille, 91, got shot three times in Sicily in 1943 and still continued to lead his platoon. APRIL 19, 2012 WWII veteran Guy Robitaille, 91, got shot three times in Sicily in 1943 and still continued to lead his platoon. Today he lives at the Perley Rideau Veteran's Centre in Ottawa. Here, Mr. Robitaille and his new bride, Annie, who just passed away this past March, 2012. (OTTAWA CITIZEN/JULIE OLIVER) 108562. OBSR. Awestruck, he set his sights on becoming a soldier.

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As a commander with Quebec's famous Van Doos, Robitaille was assigned on the morning of July 27, 1943 to lead three platoons in an assault on Mount Santa Maria. The German position blocked the advance of Canadian forces.

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"I was very afraid if I go to the river bed, I might be killed with a bullet in my back and they'd say, 'Robitaille, he was chicken. He was chicken,'" he told the Citizen.

So Robitaille kept moving forward. He was struck a second time this time with shrapnel in his arm but again he continued. As the Canadians neared the summit, Robitaille Converse High Cut Men was felled by a mortar blast that sent shrapnel into his chest, collapsing his lung.

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Leading his men up the hill under blistering mortar and machine gun fire, Lt. Robitaille was shot in the leg then hit in the right bicep with shrapnel. Still, he kept pushing forward until, as his platoon neared the summit, Robitaille was felled with another blast of shrapnel that tore into his chest.

Lt. Col. Robitaille, who would go on to a long career as a military staff officer, died at the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Care Centre on June 21from lung cancer. He was 93.

Robitaille's men moved him behind some rocks; he ordered them back into the fight. He wasevacuated by stretcher after the battle was won late that afternoon, but didn't reach a casualty clearing area until the next morning. Assessed as "unlikely to survive," he passed out.

Robitaille liked to sit in his driveway on Bonnie Crescent with a few extra lawn chairs; he would invite neighbours and passersby to sit and chat.

hilltop in central Sicily.

allegations. About 1,700 Canadian soldiers were taken prisoner by the Japanese during the fall of Hong Kong in December 1941.

His actions that day would send him to hospital for a year and earn him a Military Cross for bravery, one of about 700 awarded to Canadian soldiers during the Second World War.

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Robitaille led two platoons up the rocky slope while the other put down covering fire. The Germans opened up with machine guns, rifles and mortars. A sniper's phosphorous bullet Converse Shoes For Women 2018 High Cut

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"I had to work doubly hard," he told the Citizen in a 2012 interview.

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Lt. Robitaille was one of 26,000 Canadians who formed part of the Allied invasion force that landed in Sicily in July 1943. The 1st Canadian Infantry Division faced little resistance until it reached central Sicilywhere combat hardened German troops defended each natural stronghold before retreating to fight again.

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Family tragedy led him to engineer his way into the Canadian military at 16. Six years later, in July 1943, he was a platoon commander with the Royal 22nd Regiment tasked with a hand grenade of a mission: to mount a daylight assault on a fortified, German held Converse Tactical Boots

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The wound burned like mad and Robitaille had to decide whether to continue his charge or retreat to the safety of the river bed below. His decision ultimately turned on what he feared most: being labelled a coward.

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