Canadian Heroes is dedicated to two unsung heroes. This site has been set up for web surfers, veterans, historians and relatives to see the exploits and accomplishments of two great Canadians who sacrificed so much, so that future generations may multiply the benefits over and over.
The elder sons of two separate families, these men went to Europe to fight for what was to be the greatest challenges of their young lives. Like many before them, they went off with courage in their hearts, and a strong belief that they were protecting their families and country by doing so.
Just like any hero, they rose up to a challenge, putting their own safety at risk so that their families and countrymen could live in peace and security. The greatest challenge that met Loren and Henri was life itself; Both of these young men did not return from the war.
Loren and Henri were older brothers of both my parents. Their loss affected both families profoundly, and still in ways we will never know. Their loss, and the loss of thousands of others like them, affected humankind in a similar fashion. One is dumbfounded when they think of what could have become of these men, and their offspring, if they hadn't perished on foreign battlefields.
Their story, like many others, needs to be told. This is their story...
Private Henri Richard
- Henri's war service record
- A Proud Canadian
- A Photo Gallery of Henri prior to overseas service
1943 - Jan 1944 - Kiska, Alaska
1944 - Falaise Road
1944 - Foret de la Londe
- 1998 - The Commemorative Names Project - Richard Peninsula
- 1999 - A Visit to Bretteville-sur-Laize Military Cemetery
- 2000 - A Visit to Richard Peninsula
- 2004 - A Visit to Bretteville-sur-Laize Military Cemetery
Private Loren Nelson
- Loren's war service record
- Loren Nelson - A Son and a Brother
- 1944-1945 Photo Gallery
- Loren's Arrival in Europe - Nov 1944 to Jan 1945
- Kapelsche Veer - 26 Jan to 1 Feb 1945
- Operation Veritable - Feb 1945
- The Hochwald - 28 Feb to 1 Mar 1945
- Veen, Germany - 6-9 Mar 1945
- Brussels Photo - 26 Mar 1945
- The Battle of the Twente Canal - 2-4 Apr 1945
- Delden, Holland - 4-7 Apr 1945
- To Sogel and Beyond - 8-10 Apr 1945
- Werlte, Germany - 10 April 1945
- Holten Cemetery, Holland - 5 May 1956
- Holten Cemetery, Holland - 1 May 1998
- 1998 - The Commemorative Names Project - Nelson Rapids
- Holten Cemetery, Holland - May 2004
- A Visit to Holten and Groesbeek Cemeteries - May 2010