Dennis Moore (Army) of North Bay, ON enlisted in Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in 1950. In addition to his service on the ground, he played in a series of hockey games on the Imjin River (which flows from North to South Korean) in 1952. He remained in the forces until 1971 and retired as a Sergeant.[audio https://www.macleans.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Moore_Dennis-EDIT.mp3]
I was in the hills in our positions and the mail truck come up. We’re in December now, 1951. And a guy by the name of Jack Trainer, he was a corporal, he delivered the mail. He delivered the mail, he said, “Moore,” like he knew from Ottawa or he knew that I played hockey, because there was no tryouts or that, they just, anybody who played hockey and somebody was ramrodding in every unit. And he knew that I had played hockey and he said, “You’ll be playing hockey with the Patricias [1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry] and you’ve been selected,” and I still didn’t believe him, you know. I said, “Where are we going to play?”
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