Memorial Day – Canuck Edition
American draft dodgers in Canada were far outnumbered by the young Canadians who joined U.S. forces to fight in Vietnam.
This factoid may be in that category Stephen Colbert would call “truthy” and Dan Rather would call “false but true.”
Canada did not participate in the Vietnam War for a variety of reasons. Still, “about 30,000” Canadian citizens volunteered to fight with U.S. and other Western forces and 110 of them were killed in action and have their names on the Vietnam Memorial. According to Wikipedia, “Canadian immigration statistics show that 20,000 to 30,000 draft-eligible American men came to Canada as immigrants during the Vietnam era; estimates of the total number of American citizens who moved to Canada due to their opposition to the war range from 50,000 to 125,000.”
Regardless, the fact remains that a huge number of Canadian citizens volunteered to fight in a controversial war and a not insignificant number died there. They, along with others in the Anglosphere (sorry, Québécois) have long been America’s most stalwart wartime allies, willing to pick up a rifle when others would not.