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Lt/Col Slack CD William Robert Ian
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Lt/Col
Service Number: ZP1340
Born: Mar 25, 1910 Smiths Falls, Ontario
Discharged: Deceased

Served In: Korea , World War 2
Service: CA (Canadian Army)
Battle Group: United Nations Command (UNC)
Regiment: Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
General Service General Service Badge WW2
Awarded to members of the Navy, Army or Air Forces of Canada who have declared their willingness, or who have engaged to serve in any of the said forces on active service during the Second World War.
Service Details :

1939-45 Star
The Star was awarded for six months service on active operations for Army and Navy, and two months for active air-crew between 02 September 1939 and 08 May 1945 (Europe) or 02 September 1945 (Pacific).
France And Germany Star
The Star was awarded for one day or more of service in France, Belgium, Holland or Germany between 06 June 1944 (D-Day) and 08 May 1945.
United Nations Service Medal Korea
The medal was earned for serving one day under United Nations' command in Korea or adjacent areas, including Japan and Okinawa. The medal could also be awarded for an aggregate of thirty days, which need not have been consecutive, spent on official visits of inspection to the qualifying area. The qualifying period was 27 June 1950 to 27 July 1954 (one year longer than for the Canadian Korean War Medal).
Defence Medal
Although the medal was usually awarded to Canadians for six months service in Britain between 03 September 1939 and 08 May 1945, the exact terms were: Service in the forces in non-operational areas subjected to air attack or closely threatened, providing such service lasted for three or more years. Service overseas or outside the country of residence, providing that such service lasted for one year, except in territories threatened by the enemy or subject to bomb attacks, in which case it was six months prior to 02 September 1945. Under the terms of this last condition, Canadians serving for one year in Newfoundland were eligible and persons serving for six months in Hong Kong were also eligible. The qualifying period in mine and bomb disposal was three months. Canadians serving in West Africa, Palestine and India, other than operational air crew, qualified for this medal. Those awarded the GC or GM for civil defence received this medal. Home Guard and others in Britain qualified for this medal.
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal is granted to persons of any rank in the Naval, Military or Air Forces of Canada who voluntarily served on Active Service and have honourably completed eighteen months (540 days) total voluntary service from September 3, 1939 to March 1, 1947.
War Medal (1939-45)
The War Medal was awarded to all full-time personnel of the armed forces and merchant marines for serving for 28 days between 03 September 1939 and 02 September 1945. In the Merchant Navy, the 28 days must have been served at sea.
Canadian Korea Medal
Awarded to Canadian military personnel for one day on the strength of an army unit in Korea; or 28 days afloat; or one sortie over Korea by a member of the RCAF , 02 July 1950 - 27 July 1953.
Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)
The decoration is awarded to the regular forces, reserve forces, officers of the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC), Canadian Rangers and holders of honorary appointments in the CF. Service in the regular and reserve or auxiliary forces of the British Commonwealth of Nations will be counted towards the medal if the final five years have been served with the Canadian Forces and no other long service, good conduct or efficiency medal has been awarded for the same service. The medal may be awarded to persons in possession of any long service, good conduct or efficiency decoration or medal clasps, provided that the individual has completed the full qualifying periods of service for each award and that no service qualifying towards one award is permitted to count towards any other. The service need not be continuous. This award supersedes all other long service awards for members joining the Canadian Forces after 01 September 1939.

Service Notes:
Enlisted: August 31, 1939
Pre/Post War:
Relatives on this site:
(Brother) Maj Slack, C E - World War 2

Deceased: February 04, 1956 at South Korea
Cemetery UNITED NATIONS Cemetery Busan, Korea
Marker: 38.5.3220
Obituary: Son of William Leonard and Margaret Aletha Slack of Smiths Falls, Ontario. Brother of Leonard James, Maynard John, Alfred Ronald, Amy Mary and Major Charles Edward Slack, Govenor General's Foot Guards, killed in action, 11 August 1944. Husband of Thelma Muriel and father of Donalda Ruth Slack of Ottawa, Ontario. LCol Slack was a graduate of Smiths Falls Collegiate 1928.
 
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Medals and Commendations
(In Order):

1939-45 Star
France And Germany Star
United Nations Service Medal Korea
Defence Medal
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
War Medal (1939-45)
Canadian Korea Medal
Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)

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Lieutenant Colonel WILLIAM ROBERT IAN SLACK is one of 23 soldiers commemorated on this panel and is one of the 516 members of the Canadian Forces whose names appear on the Korean War Monument in Ottawa. It was erected IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE CANADIAN WHO DIED IN SERVICE DURING THE KOREAN WAR 1950-1953 AND ON KOREAN PEACE KEEPING DUTIES, 1953-1957.