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From D-Day, to the Rhine, to Korea: Roy Rushton

Roy’s amazing life. I love our veterans! I’m proud of you and thank you so much for your sacrifice. Roy fought two wars and still has a bullet in his leg to remember it by. He’s 96 and lives with his wife in Nova Scotia. God bless you Roy!


Seventy years ago, Roy Rushton peered through a hole in the floor of his vibrating aircraft as it swept over the Normandy coast. Just below, he saw German flak ripping the sky apart.

It didn’t look good; and Roy’s day was just beginning.

Rushton was heading into his first battle, in his first war. There would be more of each. Wherever Roy Rushton turned up, exciting, noisy, dangerous things always seemed to happen.

tmpC172 Roy Rushton, as a sniper in Holland, January 1945 © Roy Rushton

It’s tough to imagine a soldier who’s been through more perilous moments than Roy Rushton. But he is neither a brooder; nor a gasbag. He’s a level-headed, laid-back fellow, with a wry sense of humour, but with no sense at all of self-importance. Quite the guy.

At 11 p.m. on the 5th of June, 1944, Rushton and ten other Paratroopers in that plane, watched England…

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Intermission Stories (3)

A great firsthand description from a man who came to Pusan, Korea to fight in the war.

Pacific Paratrooper

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Bill Campbell, 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment

Bill Campbell was born in Glace Bay, N.S. on Breton Island, the son of a coal miner who passed away at 35 years of age, leaving his wife with 5 kids in the middle of the Great Depression.  Times were tough, but Mrs. Campbell raised them all on meager means.

In 1950, when the call went out for volunteers, the response was remarkable, as over 27,000 joined the Armed Forces of Canada to fight in a country they had never heard of.  Some would not return.  Bill joined up in Toronto and after training in Camp Petawawa, he was sent to Seattle to ship out for Japan and Korea.  “We left Seattle on a liberty ship…Most of the soldiers were really excited to travel to distant lands.  There were 2500 troops aboard, most of whom were…

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Blood Brothers

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Turkey a.k.a……Anatolia. Home of the ancient  Hittite kingdom. The Eastern Mediterranean or Middle East is the Cradle of Civilization, the Fertile Crescent and the Crucible of History.  The interesting thing about Turkey is that it’s people seem to feel a special affinity toward the Koreans and vice versa. People have puzzled over this when Turkish and Korean soccer teams cheered for each other in the 2002 World Cup. Some say it’s because the Turks came to help South Korea during the Korean war. The two countries refer to each other as ‘blood brothers’ presumably because the Turks shed their blood on Korea’s behalf. Many Asian countries, Turkey being one of them, have admiration for Korea because of their miraculous recovery from wartime devastation to the point where they are in the top 20 most developed countries on Earth. But some say this bond goes beyond the Korean War back to their common root languages. The Turkish and Korean languages are part of the Ural Altai language group. Finnish and Hungarian also belong to this language group. The Ural-Altai language group also has such extinct languages as Sumerian, Elamite, Cretan, Etruscan, among others. All are languages originating in and around Mesopotamia. The western branch of the Ural-Altai language tree includes the Turkic and Mongolian languages. The eastern branch has Korean, Japanese and Ainu. So we seem to have a connection of these people back to Mesopotamia. Which is no surprise since as said earlier, Mesopotamia was the Cradle of Civilization. If we go right back to the beginning of the human race, that’s where Turkey plays the main setting.

We don’t know where the original Eden was located, but we do know where Noah’s Ark rested. The Turkish government has designated the site of the Ark as a national park. We know from the book of Genesis that Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. The Table of Nations, in the 10th chapter of Genesis, outlines the various people groups descending from these three men. From south-eastern Turkey people went out to the east and to the west. The people groups which have inhabited Turkey are varied: the Hittites, the Phrygians, Aegeans (Greeks), then the Persians, again the Greeks, the Celts or Gauls came in and settled in the area named Galatia, Anataloia becomes a province of Rome with its capital as Ephesus, Seljuk Turks, next the Ottoman Empire, finally we have the Turkish republic. The Scythians, Hittites, Huns, Turks, Mongols and Manchu were all peoples who rose along the Caspian and Black Seas and went out into northern Asia. The Mongols and the Manchus have influenced the Korean peninsula very much. I think this special bond between Turkey and Korea is cool. It’s a testament to the fact we are all one big family. Our many greats grandfather was Noah.

What does all of this have to do with herbs? Well, Turkey’s number one export is the poppy plant. The poppy plant is sometimes said to symbolize death or blood. It symbolizes the blood shed by the Turks in Korea. Turkey and Korea: ‘Blood Brothers’.

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