October 25, 1915 – November 25, 1977
“All my life I had wanted to do something to help my people recover their good name. I wanted to show they were as good as any white man.”
Tommy Prince (MM)
Tommy Prince (MM) was the great-great-grandson of Chief Peguis and was born in Petersfield, Manitoba in October of 1915, one of eleven children.
The skills gained from Prince’s pre-war experience in the Manitoba bush as a hunter helped earn him a reputation as a highly effective, silent, swift and daring soldier.
His official citation in receiving the Silver Star, an American Army Declaration for Gallantry in Action stated:
“So accurate was the report rendered by the patrol that Sergeant Prince’s regiment moved forward on 5 September 1944, occupied new heights and successfully wiped out the enemy bivouac [encampment] area. The keen sense of responsibility and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Prince is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the Allied Nations.”
A brave and remarkable man, Tommy Prince (MM) is Canada’s most-decorated Indigenous war veteran. When the Second World War (WWII) ended, King George VI decorated Prince with both the Military Medal and the Silver Star, an American decoration for gallantry in action.
THEATRES OF SERVICE
Canada; Britain; United States of America; Aleutian Islands; Central Mediterranean Area; Southern France; Germany; Korea.
PERIODS OF SERVICE
World War II: June 3, 1940 to August 20, 1945 Korean War: August 14, 1950 to October 28, 1953
Sapper June 3, 1940; Lance Corporal February 22, 1941; Sergeant March 16, 1943; Sergeant August 14, 1950.
- Sgt. Tommy Prince Street – Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Sgt. Tommy Prince School – Scanterbury, Manitoba
- The “Tommy Prince Barracks” at Canadian Forces Base, Petawawa, Ontario
- The “Tommy Prince Drill Hall” at the Land Force Western Area Training Centre in Wainwright, Alberta
- Government of Canada “Sergeant Tommy Prince Army Training Initiative” for Aboriginal recruiting
- The “Tommy Prince Award:” An Assembly of First Nations Scholarship
- The “Tommy Prince Scholarship” at Sault College, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
- 553 Sgt. Tommy Prince PPCLI Cadet Corps, Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Tommy Prince Road in the Valour Park/Victoria Cross Park