William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

THINGS HAVE NOT CHANGED

Sgt Billy Willbond: 1968
Sgt Billy Willbond and daughter: 1968
I studied Conversational Chinese down at Carleton U
US Army deserters, they studied there too
They spat upon me and my Army suit
I endured the remarks, I remained mute!

That was back during the Vietnam War
They ridiculed the wings and ribbons I wore
They said that I dropped Napalm upon little kids
But it was only peacekeeping missions I did

I see by the paper that they are back here again
Why does Canada take in these cowardly men?
They joined their Army and they took the pay
They deserted their comrades! They ran away!


Author’s Note: I carried a suitcase with me and changed out of my uniform in the washroom at the University after the first couple of spitting and name calling sessions which were egged on by their Quebecois girlfriends who were vocal about the baby killings etc. They all dropped out prior to the end of the year. Of course, My Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada shoulder flashes did not help (very English you know!). It has been a long time since I heard the expression: “Sergeant Willbond – Baby Killer!”

U.S. Army Deserters Are “Cowards,” Reader

To the editor,
(Re: “U.S. Army deserters now calling Ottawa home,” July 26, pg. 12.)

I am extremely upset that U.S. Army deserters are now calling Ottawa home and there is a possibility that 50 more deserters may settle here in the near future (with help from a group called War Register Support Campaign).

It is an outrage that these people are seeking refugee status so they can remain in Canada. They should be deported back to the U.S. immediately. We don’t need this type of people in our country.

These deserters are cowards, running from a commitment they willingly made. There is no draft in the U.S. Their armed forces is entirely voluntary, the same as in Canada. They are simply here for a free ride off the Canadian taxpayer and are taking advantage of a country known for its generosity and its lax immigration and refugee laws.

These deserters should go back to the U.S. and face their punishment. They will not be tortured on their return to the U.S. The most that will happen is some jail time, which they deserve

Protecting U.S. deserters is an affront to the tens of thousands U.S. soldiers who are honouring the commitment they made when they signed up and is also an affront to Canadian soldiers doing their duty in Afghanistan and other areas of conflict.

How can we on one hand say we support our troops for their sacrifices and honour those who have lost their lives on our behalf, while protecting deserters from the U.S. forces?

Send these deserters home now! If they didn’t want to stay in the U.S. armed forces, the ethical thing to do is stand up and face the consequences of their decision, not run like the cowards they are.

Sharon Navin
Napean