Aboriginal War Veterans WWI 1914 вЂ“ 1918 WWII 1939 - 1945 BCFN 12 Aboriginal War Veterans WWII вЂў At least 3,000 status (treaty) IndiansвЂ” including 72 womenвЂ” enlisted, as well as an unknown number of Inuit, MГ©tis, and other Natives. . They Came From Across Canada вЂў Aboriginal peoples from every region of Canada served in the armed forces during the Second World War, fighting in every major battle and campaign of the conflict They Volunteered вЂў "We're proud of the word volunteer. Nobody forced us. We were good CanadiansвЂ”patriotsвЂ” we fought for our country." вЂў Syd Moore, Second World War Veteran Tommy Prince вЂў Born in Manitoba, Canada, Tommy Prince was a member of the Ojibway Nation at the Brokenhead reservation in Scanterbury Manitoba. Tommy Prince вЂў He was accepted into the Canadian Army on 3 June 1940. First as a Field Engineer and then with the Canadian Parachute Battalion. He then was chosen for the 1st Special Service Force. They became known to the enemy as the DevilвЂ™s Brigade. *Historica Online Tommy Prince вЂў In the summer of 1944, he walked across miles of mountainous terrain deep behind German lines, going days without food or water, to locate an enemy camp. He returned with his unit and they captured more than 1000 German soldiers. *Historica Online Medals for Bravery вЂў When the fighting ended, King George VI decorated Prince with both the Military Medal and the Silver Star, an American decoration for gallantry in action. He was honorably discharged on 15 June. *Historica Online Pride вЂў He said "All my life I had wanted to do something to help my people recover their good name." He dedicated himself to attaining increased educational and economic opportunities for Aboriginal peoples. *Historica Online Home to Canada вЂў Prince returned from the wars to a country that denied him the right to vote in federal elections and refused him the same benefits as other Canadian veterans. вЂў Native land, expropriated during the war for military use, was not returned. вЂў Native land was sold to White veterans under the Soldiers' Settlement Act, and Aboriginals did not have the right to buy land or obtain other benefits because of Indian Act restrictions. Canada Denied Benefits вЂў Veterans Land Act вЂ“ Gave veterans a lowinterest loan of $6, 000 to purchase agricultural property or to invest in the fishing industry вЂў This was revised in 1942 to deal with Status IndiansвЂ¦ Since reserve land could not be sold, Status Indians Were not eligible for the loan. Instead of $6, 000 they got $2, 320 Korean War 1950 - 1953 Service in Korea вЂў Facing unemployment, Prince re-enlisted and served with the Princess PatriciaвЂ™s Canadian Light Infantry. More Medals вЂў During two tours of duty during the Korean War he won the Korean, Canadian Volunteer Service and United Nations Service medals. вЂў He was wounded in the knee, and was honourably discharged on 28 October 1953. War Hero вЂў Tommy Prince is CanadaвЂ™s most-decorated Aboriginal war veteran.