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Stephenville soldier did his job while on Croatia tour

Modern day war veteran Jamey French, back left, stands with his mom Norma French, while posing for a photo with his daughters from left: Jaime French and Maria French following Remembrance Day ceremonies at Stephenville High School on Sunday.
Modern day war veteran Jamey French, back left, stands with his mom Norma French, while posing for a photo with his daughters from left: Jaime French and Maria French following Remembrance Day ceremonies at Stephenville High School on Sunday. - Frank Gale

“Daddy, you’ve done a lot!”

That was an observation by eight-year-old Jaime French, daughter of modern day war veteran Jamey French, as he was being interviewed following Remembrance Day ceremonies in Stephenville on Sunday.

Both Jaime and her seven-year-old sister Maria French were there not only supporting their dad but also as members of the 1st Stephenville Brownies.

French served in the reserves for 16 years during which time he served overseas with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment on a peacekeeping stint in Cyprus.

He also was an augmentee with the Second Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and went on what he called a six-month peacemaking operation to Croatia and ended up involved in the Battle of Medak Pocket that took place for seven days in September of 1993.

That’s where Canadian soldiers took a stand in a weeklong battle after they were faced with the ethnic cleansing of Serb civilians by Croatian forces.

This year marked the 25th Anniversary of that battle but all that French would say about it was “we (soldiers) went over and did our job.”

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