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Canadian Forces CF (Canadian Forces)


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United Nations Command (UNC) United Nations Command (UNC)


Peacekeepers monitor and observe peace processes in post-conflict areas and assist ex-combatants in implementing the peace agreements they may have signed. Such assistance comes in many forms, including confidence-building measures, power-sharing arrangements, electoral support, strengthening the rule of law, and economic and social development. Accordingly, UN peacekeepers (often referred to as Blue Berets or Blue Helmets because of their light blue berets or helmets) can include soldiers, police officers, and civilian personnel.
Logistics Branch Logistics Branch


The Logistics Branch of the Canadian Armed Forces was formed 1 February 1968, the date that the Canadian Forces Reorganization Act was proclaimed. The Logistics branch is comprised of a broad range of support occupations across all three environments. Logistics officers will obtain skill-sets and be employed in at least one of the following competencies: transportation, supply chain management, financial management, human resource management and food services support. The Logistics Branch NCMs serve in seven separate occupations and include the following: Resource Management Support, Cook, Postal, Supply, Ammunition, Traffic and Mobile Support Equipment.

Battle Honours
Cpl Simpson Michael William
Rank: Corporal Cpl
Service Number: B823055
Born: Jun 29, 1948 Toronto, Ontario
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Peacekeeping
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: United Nations Command (UNC)
Regiment: Logistics Branch
Dag Hammarskjöld Dag Hammarskjöld
The Dag Hammarskjöld Medal is a posthumous award given by the United Nations (UN) to military personnel, police, or civilians who lose their lives while serving in a United Nations peacekeeping operation. The medal is named after Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, who died in a plane crash in what is now Zambia in September 1961.
Service Details :
116 ATU - United Nations Emergency Force II (UNEF II)
External Links
BUFFALO 461 - Last Flight


Canadian Peace Keeping Service Medal (CPSM)
The prestigious Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to all United Nations Peacekeepers in 1988 in recognition of their collective efforts in the cause of peace. This inspired the creation of the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal (CPSM) to acknowledge the unique contribution to peace that Canadian peacekeepers have made since 1947.
UN Emergency Force Middle East (UNEFME)
Established in October 1973 to supervise the cease-fire between Egyptian and Israeli forces and, following the conclusion of the agreements of 18 January 1974 and 4 September 1975, to supervise the redeployment of Egyptian and Israeli forces and to control the buffer zones established under those agreements. The mandate for this Mission expired in July 1979 and the troops were withdrawn.
Awarded for 90 days consecutive service between 26 October 1973 to 24 July 1979.

Service Notes: Michael (Mike) Simpson joined the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps under the Soldier Apprentice Program. After his promotion to corporal, Mike transferred from Transport Operator to Traffic Technician and worked at 2 Air Movements Unit Canadian Forces Base Petawawa. In 1974, he went to the Canadian Contingent of the United Nations Emergency Force Middle-East II, commonly known as UNEF 2, in Ismailia, Egypt. Later that year he was transferred to duties in Cairo. On 9 August, 1974, Cpl. Michael William Simpson was one of nine Canadian Forces personnel killed on United Nations Flight 51, shot down by a missile en route from Cairo to Lebanon. Tragically on August 9, 1974. Buffalo aircraft number 115461, on a routine flight to Damascus, had left Beirut and climbed eastward over the Lebanese highlands. It was being painted by Syrian radar, and as it neared the village of Diemas, someone in the SAM site there decided to "Terminate" its progress. Several SAMs were launched, at least one being on target. The Buffalo, commanded by Capt Gary Foster, was blown out of the sky. Nine Canadians lost their lives in this bizarre incident. Though it was investigated by the UN, CF and Syrians, no satisfactory public explaination of the tragedy was released.
Enlisted: June 24, 1965
Pre/Post War:

Deceased: August 09, 1974 at Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic
Cemetery TORONTO (PINE HILLS) Cemetery Ontario, Canada
Obituary: Son of William (Bill) James Simpson and Loyola Helen Park (née Harrington) of Toronto, Ontario. Husband of Catherine (nee Lambert) of Hearst, Ontario. Brother of John.
 
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Cpl Michael William Simpson
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Medals and Commendations
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Canadian Peace Keeping Service Medal (CPSM)
UN Emergency Force Middle East (UNEFME)

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