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Tommy Prince, a member of the Ojibway tribe, was Canada’s most decorated Native American war veteran. Prince served for Canada not only in WWII, but also later during the Korean conflict. He served in Italy with the Canadian-American First Special Service Force.

Prince hailed from the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation reserve north of Winnipeg. For many men on the Canadian reserves, like Tommy Prince, military service meant the chance for a job and three square meals. Tommy applied but was turned down several times, despite exceeding the requirements for recruitment. He persisted and finally was accepted on 3 June, 1940. He was assigned to the 1st Field Park Company of the Royal Canadian Engineers and was soon proving himself to be a fine soldier.

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Road To Rome
The Allied push up the boot of Italy had come to a dramatic halt outside the small Italian town of Cassino. Looming above the battlefield stood a large Benedictine monastery, which commanded the approach up the Liri Valley toward Rome. Over eight months the Allied and German armies attacked and counterattacked each other with heavy losses and little gains. Even with the landing at Anzio, where the Germans responded with a ferocious assault in a bloody but unsuccessful counterattack, little headway was made. The Allies amassed what reserves they could for a final attempt to break the deadlock at Cassino, connect with the bridgehead at Anzio, and claim the prize of Rome.

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Sergeant Tommy Prince (USO193)
By 1942, Prince was a Sergeant with the Canadian Parachute Battalion. He was posted to the 1st Canadian Special Service Battalion and was among a select group of Canadian soldiers sent to train with Americans with the forming of the First Special Service Force.

Prince distinguished himself with the FSSF in Italy and France, using the skills he’d learned growing up as an Ojibway. In Italy, near Anzio, he volunteered to run a communications line 1530 yards (1400 metres) to an abandoned farmhouse less than 220 yards (200 metres) from a German artillery emplacement. Prince set up his observation post in the farmhouse and for three days reported on the activity in the German camp.
Sergeant Tommy Prince is a Warrior Sniper team. He is rated Fearless Veteran. A First Special Service Force on page 160 may replace a Sniper team with Sergeant Tommy Prince for +15 points.

During his solo watch, Prince’s communication line was severed by shelling. Unfazed, the sergeant donned civilian clothing, grabbed a hoe and, in full view of German soldiers, acted like a farmer weeding his crops. He slowly inched his way along the line till he found where it was damaged.  Sergeant Tommy Prince (USO193)
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Blending In
During his missions Tommy Prince would disguise himself as an Italian peasant to better blend in to the country side.

Tommy Prince is removed from the table and put back in the Sniper pool on a 3+ when using the Alternative Hides rule (instead of 4+, see page 110 of the rulebook).
Then, pretending to tie his shoelaces, he quickly rejoined the wires. His reporting continued and so did the damage to enemy artillery posts. In all, four German positions were destroyed. Prince was awarded the Military Medal. His citation explains, ‘Sergeant Prince’s courage and utter disregard for personal safety were an inspiration to his fellows and a marked credit to his unit.’
His skills were phenomenal. He spent much of his time observing and keeping the lines of communication open.

Sergeant Tommy Prince can also act as an Observer team for the 463rd Parachute Field Artillery Battery (page 162 of Road To Rome). If he is used as an Observer he may not shoot in the same turn.
In the summer of 1944, the FSSF entered Southern France. On one mission, Prince walked 43 miles (70 km) across rugged, mountainous terrain deep behind German lines near L’Escarene, going 72 hours without food or water, to locate an enemy bivouac area. He reported back to his unit and led the brigade to the encampment, resulting in the capture of over 1,000 German soldiers. Prince was decorated again for his valour fighting in France and in 1944 was summoned to Buckingham Palace where King George VI presented him with his Military Medal and on behalf of the American President, the United States Silver Star.

With the end of the fighting, Prince was honourably discharged in June of 1945 and returned to his home in Manitoba where he set up a small, but successful business. He married Verna Sinclair, with whom he had five children.

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Last Updated On Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Blake at Battlefront