William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD


The AIRBORNE and the KVA are marching hand in hand
protesters against the CMW come from far across the land:
Who are these museum people who run this bloody show?
AIRBORNE and Korean vets, they really want to know

With taxpayer monies horrible paintings were bought
did Brown and Matchee cost Canadians a lot?
-Who authorized this artsy shopping-spree?
Is it true one painting they got for free?

Why not take these murder pictures away
and make a decent exhibit for the KVA?
Surely they can make more space for the Korean War
Display battle honours, Korean War Medals and more

Send a delegation out to the Mark Isfeld School
where the foyer display is considered to be cool
by the students whose namesake gave his all;
a young Hero is remembered in the school foyer hall!

Would not that be better than a foyer murder scene?
Why the lack of Korean War displays, in the new War Museum?
If civvies run your joint, why not hire a Korean vet or two?
That, Dr. Rabinovich, might be the wisest thing to do!

Sent: Thursday, May 12, 2005 4:54 PM
Subject: The “Without Conscience” War Museum:

Dr. Victor Rabinovich, President and C.E.O., Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Dear Dr. Rabinovich:

I have been reading, primarily in the articles of Peter Worthington, about the inappropriate and mindless purchase and display in the new War Museum of “Without Conscience”, the so-called painting of Clayton Matchee in Somalia. It is my understanding that Cliff Chadderton, the Chair of the National Council of Veteran Associations, has also expressed strong concerns about this purchase. I have the following questions in this regard:

  1. Who authorized the purchase of this so-called painting?
  2. How much was paid for it?
  3. Are you considering the possibility of removing it?

I have also read that your Museum has virtually ignored the Korean War, where I served in 1950-51 as a 19-year-old private with the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. You and your board members probably do not know that our battalion received the U.S. Presidential Unit citation for “extraordinary heroism” at Kapyong, Korea, where we were briefly surrounded and attacked by the Chinese army. Other Canadian units served with equal distinction. In spite of our citation, and the outstanding performance of all Canadian forces in Korea, one of your contributors had the audacity to observe that the Canadian Army did not perform particularly well. Be assured, Dr. Rabinovich, that the Korean War was a “hot war” in which 516 Canadians died, and not a part of the “cold war” as your museum seems to believe.

In my opinion, the War Museum is off to a very bad start. It is my hope that you, as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, will do everything in your power to correct the serious problems that have arisen. Bonne chance.

Veuillez croire, Dr. Rabinovich, a mes sentiments les meilleurs


Michael Czuboka, M.A. (Canadian History); M.Ed. (Educational Administration)