I am blessed with possessing my Dad’s war diary, photos and red cross arm-band & documents. Before I continue to introduce myself and my deceased Father, I need to tell a short story. This will set the stage for his WW2 years and my present-day plans within this forum. Family lore relates that in the early 1900’s three brothers fled the Sicilian mafia to America. They would settle apart in British Columbia, Alberta (my Grandfather) and New Jersey. The reason for their departure is supported by the following translated excerpts from a 1925 letter written by a Sicilian lawyer to the brother who resided in British Columbia: “Your bad neighbour has been arrested. The new Prime Minister Mussolini and the Prefect of the Province, are taking energetic measures to arrest numerous criminals who were a continuous danger in our land.” “As I told you in my last letter your neighbour Spitale Giuseppe has been arrested with other people who were very close to him. Other people have been charged with many crimes for the death of your mother and brother.” (my Great-Grandmother & Great-Uncle) My Grandfather, Nunzio LaPlaca, would marry an Irish woman who was sponsored to Canada by the Salvation Army. My Dad would be born on Armistice Day, 11 November 1918, in Calgary and would be named “Charles Peace LaPlaca”. He was never known as “Charles” or “Charlie”, in adult life, as far as I know. Everyone called him “Chick”. Chick and his siblings would be raised in the coal mining district of Southern Alberta, the “Crowsnest Pass”. Chick would be employed at West Canadian Collieries in Bellevue, Alberta. Here he would continue to advance his Saint John First Aid & mine rescue qualifications. This skill set, likely was a factor in his trade assignment and posting to the Canadian Field Ambulance R.C.A.M.C. as a stretcher bearer. When WW2 broke out, Chick and two of his brothers abided to their Irish mother’s demand that they use a different name to enlist under. She was fearful that if they were captured, by the Italians, that they might be treated harshly because of their Sicilian surname. As a result, they enlisted under the name “LaPlace”, a perfect name for a Canadian. After the war all three brothers continued to use this surname. Their elder brother, who did not serve, retained the original surname “LaPlaca”. In 1968 the Canadian Government finally caught on to this name deception and Chick, my mom, myself and my three siblings were required to legally change from LaPlaca to LaPlace. In late 2017 I decided to honor the 100th anniversary of my Father’s birth by researching his service records and matching them to his diary entries in order to put together a document and have it ready for the family on 11 November, 2018. Unfortunately, the Canadian Library & Archives were unable to meet this deadline and I did not receive his service records until after. A doc has yet to be written. Since 2017 I have often referred to this web site to provide me with info, techniques, leads and ideas. It is now time that I commence participating and repaying with the jewels of my research. Special thanks to member TOLBOOTH who recently shared some back-channel info with me & hint-hint-nudge-nudged me into posting an Introduction to this forum. Further postings to commence shortly.