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(Ottawa Citizen)   Canadian John Sheardown who was awarded the "caterpillar" card after he crawled to a pub for a whiskey after breaking both his legs in WWII has died. He also hid 6 Americans in his house in Tehran after the embassy was stormed   (ottawacitizen.com) divider line 48
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2013-01-05 01:23:40 AM  
A true diplomat, a great Canadian and an honourable man. I recall these events explicitly.
 
2013-01-05 01:51:34 AM  
RIP, seriously impressive dude.
 
2013-01-05 03:15:03 AM  
Thanks Mr. Sheardown, thanks Ken Taylor. Thanks, Canada.
 
2013-01-05 03:41:51 AM  
Helped a bunch of strangers at great personal risk in a hostile foreign country? Textbook heroism. This guy's farking picture should be next to the dictionary entry.

RIP, sir. Wish we had a maple leaf'd hero tag for you.
 
2013-01-05 04:08:51 AM  
I will forgove typos and vote plus one.
 
2013-01-05 04:44:50 AM  
R.I.P., Awesome Canadian Man
 
2013-01-05 06:45:00 AM  

violentsalvation: Thanks Mr. Sheardown, thanks Ken Taylor. Thanks, Canada.


Probably not my place, but you're most welcome.  Its a shame that Argo so vastly underestimated the role of these guys.  Canadians take a lot of pride in the role we played in the Iranian hostage crisis, and it felt a bit of a slight.
 
2013-01-05 06:54:12 AM  

MisterTweak: RIP, seriously impressive dude.

 
2013-01-05 07:21:56 AM  
That was very heroic of him to have hide those Americans.
 
2013-01-05 07:22:33 AM  
ps: When the mods correct the headline, my comment will no longer make sense.
 
2013-01-05 07:23:15 AM  
Quick and dirty.  i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-05 07:36:09 AM  
Someone fill me in on this caterpillar card thing, the wiki is no help.
 
2013-01-05 07:39:56 AM  

violentsalvation: Thanks Mr. Sheardown, thanks Ken Taylor. Thanks, Canada.


This.

I saw Argo and enjoyed it, but it is a good lesson in not getting your history from Hollywood. I'm old enough to remember the Iranian hostage crisis well, but only vaguely remembered the Canadian rescue, even after the details finally came out.

Makes me proud to know a few Canadians. And much thanks to Mr. Sheardown. Anyone who can make fools of religious zealots is ok in my book.
 
2013-01-05 07:52:36 AM  
Hats off everyone.
 
2013-01-05 08:02:30 AM  

Wolfman Johnny: Someone fill me in on this caterpillar card thing, the wiki is no help.


Here you go

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caterpillar_Club
 
2013-01-05 08:04:59 AM  
Serious suggestion: I understand Fark is based in the US, but all nations produce heroes. Perhaps the standard Hero tag is to be used for submissions, which modmins can then alter its background to the appropriate flag background. A lot of countries out there, but it'd be nice for our Canuck/Brit/Aussie/South Sammich Island/etc Farkers to see a little 'thank you' and show of appreciation for the exemplar of humanity their nation has produced. France's background can stay white.

/thank you Canada
 
2013-01-05 08:05:18 AM  
Wow, what a life he packed into his almost 90 years. And I agree, the hero tag is not worthy of him (& just as telling, he'd probably say he wasn't worthy of it...). RIP, you've certainly earned it.

Wolfman Johnny: Someone fill me in on this caterpillar card thing, the wiki is no help.


According to TFA he broke both his legs in a nighttime low level parachute jump, crawled to a local pup & ordered a scotch before asking someone to call for help. The card was probably just something his mates made up as a joke/sign of respect. But I can see how it would be one of his prized possessions, a gesture of respect from a group of people you love at a time when none of you expected to live very much longer.

I really hate that we (in general) first hear these kind of stories in someone's obituary. These days with the WW2 generation reaching their 90's, hopefully an effort is being made to get as many of these types of stories recorded before they are absolutely & totally lost. The dry, mechanical, unit histories that say 'x' unit attacked 'y' bridge on 'z' date are important but are nothing when compared with someone who was there telling how "that lunatic Jimmy tied a rope off of the side of the bridge, jumped off of it & swung over the top of the German machine gun nest & dropped a grenade into it..." Those are the stories that bring history to life & they are the ones that are being silenced so quickly these days.
 
2013-01-05 08:05:42 AM  
One more thing

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-01-05 08:08:04 AM  

Recoil Therapy: The card was probably just something his mates made up as a joke/sign of respect.


Or I could have refreshed before posting & seen that the correct answer was given. Thanks blackhonda, an interesting article.
 
2013-01-05 08:55:33 AM  
A Canadian fighting in WW2? Yeah, sure. Damned Canucks should thank us, without the USA they'd all be speaking German.
 
2013-01-05 09:15:33 AM  

blackhonda: Wolfman Johnny: Someone fill me in on this caterpillar card thing, the wiki is no help.

Here you go

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caterpillar_Club


My father is a member.  His pin looks different, but he got in the mid 50's.
 
2013-01-05 09:22:08 AM  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4tNGvaoFuM

Seems appropriate.
 
2013-01-05 09:28:56 AM  
Sheardown doesn't even have his own Wikipedia page. Unbelievable.

John Sheardown - redirects to Canadian Caper.

/Maybe it's time for me to learn how to make a Wikipedia page.
 
2013-01-05 10:11:16 AM  
Well dammit, guess I'm going to have to watch that Argo movie now.
 
2013-01-05 10:19:32 AM  

CognaciousThunk: Well dammit, guess I'm going to have to watch that Argo movie now.


Remember this well then: Argo fark yourself...
 
2013-01-05 10:43:43 AM  

downtownkid: A Canadian fighting in WW2? Yeah, sure. Damned Canucks should thank us, without the USA they'd all be speaking German.


Actually, Canada joined the war against Germany two years before America.

I'm not going to get all pissy, because your post was probably a joke. Hopefully.
 
2013-01-05 10:47:22 AM  

CognaciousThunk: Well dammit, guess I'm going to have to watch that Argo movie now.


By all means, but do a little research on the actual events first. Unlike in the movie, the CIA was mostly responsible for the cover story and not a whole lot more. Also the Brits did in fact initially provide sanctuary but their facilities were not really secure enough from discovery. The role of the Kiwis was misrepresented as well. They certainly did'nt refuse help, and in fact droven the six to the airport. As a fiction movie be aware that it used the framework of the actual events to tell a substancially fictional story tailored for an American audience. Nothing really wrong with that except it will create a mythos amoung the less informed about the CIA riding to the rescue.
 
2013-01-05 10:52:14 AM  

indarwinsshadow: downtownkid: A Canadian fighting in WW2? Yeah, sure. Damned Canucks should thank us, without the USA they'd all be speaking German.

Actually, Canada joined the war against Germany two years before America.

I'm not going to get all pissy, because your post was probably a joke. Hopefully.


Add to that - of 5 beachs at Normandy, the US landed on Omaha and Utah, the Brits on Sword and Gold and the Canadians at Juno. The Canadians were the only ones to not only meet the landing and advance goals for the first day, but exceed them.
 
2013-01-05 11:09:06 AM  
RIP real Canadian hero guy.
 
2013-01-05 11:20:34 AM  

downtownkid: A Canadian fighting in WW2? Yeah, sure. Damned Canucks should thank us, without the USA they'd all be speaking German.


Hey if Hitler hadn't bombed Pearl Harbor the US would have never gotten involved.
 
2013-01-05 11:34:18 AM  

unyon: violentsalvation: Thanks Mr. Sheardown, thanks Ken Taylor. Thanks, Canada.

Probably not my place, but you're most welcome.  Its a shame that Argo so vastly underestimated the role of these guys.  Canadians take a lot of pride in the role we played in the Iranian hostage crisis, and it felt a bit of a slight.


This. I had no idea until now that he had been that bad ass. Loved Argo much more than I thought I would... This was just lost opportunity.

Thank you subby.
 
2013-01-05 11:43:12 AM  
You know, regardless of BA's rewrite of history I remember as a kid how wonderful and appreciative the US was afterwards. We were driving to Disney at the time. Huge banners saying "Thank You Canada". People let us hook our RV up to their electrical free, bought us dinners. It was like being a rock star. The people that mattered knew.
 
2013-01-05 12:08:59 PM  

sleeps in trees: You know, regardless of BA's rewrite of history I remember as a kid how wonderful and appreciative the US was afterwards. We were driving to Disney at the time. Huge banners saying "Thank You Canada". People let us hook our RV up to their electrical free, bought us dinners. It was like being a rock star. The people that mattered knew.


True. I remember going "over across" to Presque Isle some time after and the Thank you Canada banner was displayed on a sign just past the border crossing.
 
2013-01-05 12:11:01 PM  
Recoil Therapy Someone fill me in on this caterpillar card thing, the wiki is no help.

It's sarcastic,like the "Flying Jackass" trophy @ Wright-Patterson AFB's Museum, the rear-end of a donkey w/wings-for newbies who trashed your planes

They had a "Thank You Canada" billboard in Detroit facing Windsor for a few months after that
 
2013-01-05 12:20:24 PM  
He also hide?
 
2013-01-05 12:38:31 PM  

Mike_1962: indarwinsshadow: downtownkid: A Canadian fighting in WW2? Yeah, sure. Damned Canucks should thank us, without the USA they'd all be speaking German.

Actually, Canada joined the war against Germany two years before America.

I'm not going to get all pissy, because your post was probably a joke. Hopefully.

Add to that - of 5 beachs at Normandy, the US landed on Omaha and Utah, the Brits on Sword and Gold and the Canadians at Juno. The Canadians were the only ones to not only meet the landing and advance goals for the first day, but exceed them.


Yes, and they also had the beach with the lightest resistance by a long shot. It's kind of like when you let the special education kid get on base even though you could have easily thrown him out.
 
2013-01-05 12:38:38 PM  

Walker: He also hide?


Nope. Carried on with dealing with the new regime...with two of the US diplomats hiding out in his house. Big brass clangors
 
2013-01-05 01:07:37 PM  

downtownkid: Mike_1962: indarwinsshadow: downtownkid: A Canadian fighting in WW2? Yeah, sure. Damned Canucks should thank us, without the USA they'd all be speaking German.

Actually, Canada joined the war against Germany two years before America.

I'm not going to get all pissy, because your post was probably a joke. Hopefully.

Add to that - of 5 beachs at Normandy, the US landed on Omaha and Utah, the Brits on Sword and Gold and the Canadians at Juno. The Canadians were the only ones to not only meet the landing and advance goals for the first day, but exceed them.

Yes, and they also had the beach with the lightest resistance by a long shot. It's kind of like when you let the special education kid get on base even though you could have easily thrown him out.


First, let me correct myself. The Canadians were the only ones to hit the first day objectives, but only one unit did that. They did advance further than any other landing. Nonetheless, my bad. In terms of least resistance, nope, not by a long shot. That would probably be Utah, at least in terms of the landings themselves. At least Utah had the least casualties at landing and relatively light defenses immediately inland. A point for debate, I would agree, but Juno with least resistance? No, and certainly not by a long shot. Sword also had quite light casulties at landing, but later were the only landing to have to meet an armoured counter-attack. Just for the record, trying to portray Canada in either World War as anything other than a country punching way out of its weight class, and generally succeeding will not stand up very well in the face of well documented events.
 
2013-01-05 01:30:03 PM  

downtownkid:

Yes, and they also had the beach with the lightest resistance by a long shot. It's kind of like when you let the special education kid get on base even though you could have easily thrown him out.


Help me determine your credibility by telling me how many amphibious assaults you've participated in.
 
2013-01-05 02:13:14 PM  

Oblio13: downtownkid:

Yes, and they also had the beach with the lightest resistance by a long shot. It's kind of like when you let the special education kid get on base even though you could have easily thrown him out.

Help me determine your credibility by telling me how many amphibious assaults you've participated in.


Either a troll, or just reflexively rejecting that one of your closest allies might *gasp* actually equal or even out perform the US. For what it's worth, I willingly put forward that the Omaha landing was by far the hairiest. Omaha was defended by about half teenaged conscripts and half by tough SOBs from the Eastern front. Most of the US troops in the first wave had never seen combat. At the end of the day, the biggest problems seemed to be tide/beach conditions plus a very well constructed and located set of fortification that hadn't been significantly reduced by pre-landing bombardment.
 
2013-01-05 02:27:25 PM  

Oblio13: downtownkid:

Yes, and they also had the beach with the lightest resistance by a long shot. It's kind of like when you let the special education kid get on base even though you could have easily thrown him out.

Help me determine your credibility by telling me how many amphibious assaults you've participated in.


I personally shot Celine Dion into the Vegas reservoir. She's all yours now, Yanks.
 
2013-01-05 02:49:04 PM  
TY Hero.... Rest easy
 
2013-01-05 03:58:32 PM  

Mike_1962: Oblio13: downtownkid:

Yes, and they also had the beach with the lightest resistance by a long shot. It's kind of like when you let the special education kid get on base even though you could have easily thrown him out.

Help me determine your credibility by telling me how many amphibious assaults you've participated in.

Either a troll, or just reflexively rejecting that one of your closest allies might *gasp* actually equal or even out perform the US. For what it's worth, I willingly put forward that the Omaha landing was by far the hairiest. Omaha was defended by about half teenaged conscripts and half by tough SOBs from the Eastern front. Most of the US troops in the first wave had never seen combat. At the end of the day, the biggest problems seemed to be tide/beach conditions plus a very well constructed and located set of fortification that hadn't been significantly reduced by pre-landing bombardment.


D-Day was a success largely because of lessons learned by Canadians at such dreadful cost at Dieppe.
 
2013-01-05 04:31:40 PM  
RIP, Badass.
 
2013-01-05 05:54:48 PM  
Ignoring the Official Canadian Position for the greater good. Another Great Canadian Moment in Diplomatic History.
 
2013-01-06 10:55:22 AM  

downtownkid: Mike_1962: indarwinsshadow: downtownkid: A Canadian fighting in WW2? Yeah, sure. Damned Canucks should thank us, without the USA they'd all be speaking German.

Actually, Canada joined the war against Germany two years before America.

I'm not going to get all pissy, because your post was probably a joke. Hopefully.

Add to that - of 5 beachs at Normandy, the US landed on Omaha and Utah, the Brits on Sword and Gold and the Canadians at Juno. The Canadians were the only ones to not only meet the landing and advance goals for the first day, but exceed them.

Yes, and they also had the beach with the lightest resistance by a long shot. It's kind of like when you let the special education kid get on base even though you could have easily thrown him out.


Actually, you are an asshole. F*ck you.
 
2013-01-06 01:23:22 PM  

sleeps in trees: You know, regardless of BA's rewrite of history I remember as a kid how wonderful and appreciative the US was afterwards. We were driving to Disney at the time. Huge banners saying "Thank You Canada". People let us hook our RV up to their electrical free, bought us dinners. It was like being a rock star. The people that mattered knew.


Many years ago there was an article in Readers Digest about a NY State Trooper who pulled over a Canadian car. This was just after the Americans were rescued by the Canadians in Iran. The Canadian car had been far exceeding the speed limit. The Trooper walked up to the driver and said "I know you're just practicing spiriting Americans out of danger, but our roads are not really prepared for that" , gave them a salute and walked back to his car. The Canadian family sent a note about it in to the magazine.
 
2013-01-06 01:27:10 PM  

indarwinsshadow: Actually, you are an asshole. F*ck you.


Yes I have to agree with that sentiment. It takes a lot of work to be that big of a jerk to belittle the Canadian Forces and exceptional education students in the same post but that prime example of micropenis disorder has done it.
 
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