To Honour Canada's Military

Canadian Forces CF (Canadian Forces)

The Canadian Forces have derived many of their traditions and symbols from the military, navy and air force of the United Kingdom, including those with royal elements. Contemporary icons and rituals, however, have evolved to include elements reflective of Canada and the Canadian monarchy.
ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Motto: Assistance and Cooperation

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan, established by the United Nations Security Council in December 2001 by Resolution 1386, as envisaged by the Bonn Agreement. Its main purpose was to train the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and assist Afghanistan in rebuilding key government institutions, but was also engaged in the 2001–present war with the Taliban insurgency.
Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians)

The Second World War

The regiment embarked for Britain on 13 November 1941 and landed in Italy on 8 November 1943, where it fought as part of the 5th Armoured Brigade, 5th Canadian Armoured Division. On 16 February 1945 the regiment moved with the 1st Canadian Corps to North-West Europe as part of OPERATION GOLDFLAKE, where it fought until the end of the war. The overseas regiment was disbanded on 1 March 1946.

Korea, the UN and NATO

A, B and C Squadrons fought independently in Korea from 19 April 1951 to 27 July 1953 as part of the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade Group, 1st Commonwealth Division. The Squadrons were equipped with M4A3E8 Sherman tanks. Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians), along with The Royal Canadian Dragoons, contributed troops to 56 Recce Squadron for duty with the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) from March 1957 to January 1959, equipped with Ferret scout cars. The Battle Captain, Capt Norman A. Shackleton, the 1st Troop Leader, Lt. CC Van Straubenzee, and the 3rd Troop Leader, Lt. F.G. Woodrow, as well as half of the NCOs and soldiers were Strathcona's. Two members of 56 Recce Squadron died: Lt. Charles C. Van Straubenzee on 10 May 1957 and Tpr. George E. McDavid on 29 Nov 1957. Other Squadrons of the regiment served there and in Cyprus. Tpr. Reginald J. Wiley died on UN duty in the Sinai on 7 September 1961. The Strathcona's last deployment to Cyprus took place from August 1988 to March 1989. The regiment served two tours of duty in Germany as part of Canada's contribution to NATO, equipped with Centurion tanks. During the 1990s, the regiment deployed to the Former Republic of Yugoslavia twice as part of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) and once as part of NATO's Stabilization Force (SFOR),largely equipped with the AVGP Cougar armoured car.


The Strathcona's contributed several tank squadrons as well as reconnaissance personnel to the various Canadian task forces that served in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2014.

Battle Honours
Second World War

Liri Valley * Melfa Crossing * Torrice Crossroads * Gothic Line * Pozzo Alto Ridge * Coriano * Lamone Crossing * Misano Ridge * Casale * Naviglio Canal * Fosso Munio * Italy, 1944–1945 * IJsselmeer * North-West Europe, 1945


Korea, 1951–1953


Tpr Hayakaze Michael Yuki
Rank: Trooper Tpr
Service Number: D51 432 782
Born: Feb 09, 1983 Edmonton, Alberta
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians)
Service Details :

Sacrifice Medal (SM)
The Sacrifice Medal was created in the context of increased casualties in overseas operations to fulfill the desire of Canadians and the Government to provide formal recognition, through the award of an official medal emanating from the Crown, to those who die as a result of military service or are wounded by hostile action. This honour replaces the Wound Stripe
The Medal may be awarded to members of the Canadian Forces, members of an allied force working as an integral part of the Canadian Forces such as exchange personnel, civilian employees of the Government of Canada or Canadian citizens under contract with the Government of Canada, on the condition that they were deployed as part of a military mission under the authority of the Canadian Forces, that have, on or after October 7, 2001, died or been wounded under honourable circumstances as a direct result of hostile action on the condition that the wounds that were sustained required treatment by a physician and the treatment has been documented.
The Medal may also be awarded posthumously to any member of the Canadian Forces who served on or after 7 October 2001 in the Regular Force, Primary Reserve, Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service or Canadian Rangers, or any member of the Supplementary Reserve who served in or with one of the components aforementioned on or after 7 October 2001, and dies under honourable circumstances as a result of an injury or disease related to military service.
When a death is obviously related to service, the SM will be issued immediately. When the cause of death is not clear, the SM will only be issued once Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) has officially determined that the death was related to military service, in such a case, delays are to be expected before the SM can be awarded.
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)
This general service award has been created as a means to recognize - in a timelier manner - those who serve in operations in the presence of an armed enemy. Rather than creating a new honour for each new Canadian Forces operation as it arises, the General Campaign Star and General Service Medal - with their theatre or service specific ribbons - can be awarded in future to honour participation in any operation that meets the criteria. The General Campaign Star (GCS) is awarded to members of the Canadian Forces and members of allied forces working with the Canadian Forces who deploy into a defined theatre of operations to take part in operations in the presence of an armed enemy.
The GCS is always issued with a ribbon specific to the theatre or type of service being recognized, and each ribbon has its own criteria.
The GCS with South-West Asia ribbon is awarded to Canadian Forces members and members of allied forces working with the Canadian Forces who served either:
with the Canadian contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan for at least 30 days cumulative between 24 April 2003 and 31 July 2009, in the theatre of operations which consisted of the political boundaries and airspace of Afghanistan; and/or in the theatre of operations consisting of the political boundaries of Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, the Suez Canal and those parts of the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea that are west of sixty-eight degrees East longitude and north of five degrees South latitude, as well as the airspace above those areas for at least 30 cumulative days commencing on August 1, 2009, provided that the service has not been recognized by another service medal.

Service Notes: He joined the military in January 2006 and later went to Fort Bliss, Texas and Germany for his specialized driver training. He was remembered with praise for his soldiering and for his happy demeanour. "Once he joined the army," his mother said, "I felt Mikey started to live his life to the fullest again, as if a fish out of water had been returned to the water."
Enlisted: June 5, 2006 Edmonton AB
Pre/Post War: Hayakaze grew up in Edmonton. Every summer he would spend time at Sunnyside Camp, a Christian family retreat in Sylvan Lake. His friend, Shuichi Ishiguro, met Hayakaze at Sunnyside and said he was someone who set an example for younger children. "A lot of the younger kids looked up to him because he had that influence on people," his Mother said. "I think it says a lot about his upbringing. You could see how he'd interact with younger kids or older people. He had a lot of respect for the elders."

Deceased: March 02, 2008 at Kandahar, Afghanistan
Cemetery EVERGREEN Memorial Gardens Edmonton, Canada
Obituary: On March 2, 2008, Trooper Michael Yuki Hayakaze was killed in Afghanistan. The re-supply patrol was traveling in the Mushan region of the District of Panjawayi, 45 kilometers west of Kandahar City, when it was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device. He is survived by his mother Machiko Inoue, father Ted Hayakaze, stepmother Miki and brother David.
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Tpr Michael Yuki Hayakaze
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Medals and Commendations
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Sacrifice Medal (SM)
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)

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