CENTURY OF CANADIAN NAVAL HEROES:
STORIES OF ORDINARY CANADIANS DOING EXTRAORDINARY THINGS
Thomas George Fuller
Tom Fuller, Tom Ladner, Douglas Maitland and Cornelius "Corny"
Burke - famous Canadian MTB/MGB Captains of WWII.
the daring band of Canadians who "Answered the Call"
by serving in Canada's Coastal Forces during WWII were many heroic
figures. Canadian MTB/MGB aces, such as "Corny" Burke,
Douglas Maitland and Thomas Ladner, known as the "Three
Musketeers" from Vancouver, where joined by others such
as James Kirkpatrick, Tony Law, Charles Burk and Tom Fuller. Fuller,
from Ottawa, became known as the "Pirate of the Adriatic"
in recognition of his fearlessness and numerous feats of daring
while wreaking havoc amongst enemy formations in the Aegean, Adriatic
and Mediterranean. An unconventional leader, he gave and expected
the utmost while often showing a keen sense of ironic humour - he
once signed on the cook of a German U Boat , who was amongst survivors
he had picked up, as a member of his crew to act as the cook for
his boat! After the war he served as the Commanding Officer of Ottawa's
Naval Reserve Division, HMCS CARLETON, re-established himself in
the family business, Fuller Construction, and was active in benevolent
activities such as the Bytown Brigantine youth sail training organization.
Fuller in later years
to a short audio vignette by radio personality Nick Vandergragt
on the exploits of Lt Cdr Tom Fuller
the Call" is the idea of CFRA Ottawa radio personality
Nick Vandergragt. Nick believes that Canadians should hear the stories
of the thousands of Canadian men and women who have served in our
Navy, Army and Air Force as these are compelling parts of our national
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