Speaker Bio:
Steve Dyer

Speaks:

English

Speaking Topics:

Army; Cold War; Domestic Service

My military story started in May/June 1968. I wanted a motorcycle and the only job I could find was with the 2 Intelligence Training Company Militia unit in Toronto. I cut my hair off and did 5 weeks of basic training for $250. I got my motorcycle. A red Honda Sport 90.

I signed up for 3 years and over the next 3 years while completing high school I worked my way up to Lance Sergeant (Snr Nco Pt 1). I taught drill and weapons classes to new recruits at the Toronto Service Battalion. I guarded weapons during the October crisis on 1970.

I graduated high school in June 1970 and worked in an office until May/June 71, when I was offered a posting to our NATO mission in Germany. I quit my job - no job protection for military service in those days. I was posted to the 3rd Canadian Mechanized Commando near Baden-Baden from July to the end of October.

On my return to Canada I wanted to join the regular force and go to school to become an officer. I was told that the last course for me had started in September and there was nothing they could do. At the age of 21 I was too old. I left the reserve within 3 months.

I went back to school and studied Film and Television production. I have worked as a Producer/Director in corporate communications and equipment sales and with the Dufferin Peel RCSSB as a Video/Audio/Stage technician and Network and PC technician.

I am ON/PQ Ops Officer for the Canadian Army Veterans 1 CAV Motorcycle Unit, and the 1st Vice President and Service Officer for Royal Canadian Legion Branch #82 in Port Credit.

I have spoken to schools about my grandfather John Allingham, an 18-year-old wounded in April 1917 at Vimy Ridge. I have walked the ground at Vimy, Beaumont Hamel, Passchendale, Ypres, Dunkirk, La Coupole, Dieppe, Juno Beach, Pegasus Bridge, Arromanches, Omaha Beach, Abbaye d'Ardenne and dozens of cemeteries.

The Memory Project includes a community of over 1,500 veterans and Canadian Forces members who are committed to sharing their stories of service.

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