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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE May Historic D-Day battle retraced Back with the team Former manpower and immigration minister Bryce Mackasey (right) and Prime Minister Trudeau talk io reporters after Mr. Mackasey was sworn in as a minister of state. Mr. Mackasey, who resigned in 1972 amid controversy over re- forms he brought to the unemployment insurance program, swells cabinet member- ship to 31. Army reservists posted to Mideast trouble spot OTTAWA (CP) Armed Forces officials said Tuesday the number of reservists taking part in the United Nations Emergency Force in the Middle East will be increased gradually during the next six months. Six reservists already were part of the force and six more will be sent to the area about the middle of this month, a forces spokesman said. After that an additional five reservists will be sent each week until their strength totals 110. or 10 per cent of Canada's UNEF force of 1.100. As the reserve strength in- creases in the Middle East, some will be attached to the 150-man force that Canada has committed for duty between Syria and Israel in the Golan Heights region, the spokesman said. "Since there are only six re- servists in the force at present, it's unlikely that any of them are included in the initial group going the Golan he GOOD RESPONSE The spokesman said the forces had been surprised at the response when the reservists in Canada were offered a chance to take part in the peace-keeping force. At last count, there had been 600 applications for the 110 postings in the Middle East, the spokesman said. The reservists, who normally take part in forces activities on weekends or during evening hours, volunteer for eight months service, two training and six as part of UNEF. That means they have either to quit their jobs or to secure leave of absence. Forces officials say the use of reserves as part of the force serves two purposes. CPA workers approve new contract MONTREAL (CP) More than CP Air ground employees across Canada have approved a new contract providing for a 20 per cent wage increase, it was announced Tuesday. The union representing passenger and reservation agents, ground hostesses and dispatchers said in a news release that the agreement will raise the pay of the majority of workers to monthly from in the first 18 months. The CP Air workers are located in Montreal, Toronto, London, Ont., Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and other British Columbia cities. By CAROL KENNEDY BERNIERES-SUR-MER, France (CP) "Yes, that's the place, I won't forget it." Jim Aris, 61, an official with the federal environment department at Ottawa, squinted with satisfaction at the grassy thicket of young trees in this Normandy coastal village where 30 years ago as night fell on D- historic Allied invasion of Hitler's sheltered in a slit trench after a day of strafing and sniper fire from the German defenders. Aris, then a 31-year-old am- munitions sergeant with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps, came ashore about 9 a.m. on D-Day, June in the wake of the Regiment de la Chaudiere of Quebec to which he was attached. Now, he was returning for the first time as part of the Canadian delegation of survivors sponsored by the veterans affairs department for the 30th anniversary pilgrimage. Awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in extinguishing a flaming ammunition dump in Bernieres on D-Day, Aris, a trim, fit-looking man, was slow to find his way around the rebuilt village, now a quiet summer resort. Beach cabins stand on the pale yellow sand once known as part of Juno Beach where men of the Canadian 3rd Infantry Division stormed in to smash the advance wall of Nazi Europe and help turn the tide of the Second World War. Once he found the church spire, Aris had his bearings. It was from a Gothic window in the spire that identified by villagers as two German soldiers and a girl, probably a local focused on Aris and his colleagues as they built their ammunition dumps in a grassy expanse. The dump had to be con- stantly replenished. It was feeding ammunition to both the 8th and 9th Brigades. The ammunition had to be brought ashore from the land- ing craft forming part of the great D-Day flotilla. Germans, strafing from air- craft, set the ammunition dump on fire. A major, watching Aris rush in to dowse the flaming dump with shovels of sand, said: "You're crazy, get the hell out of there." "But the fellows need Aris yelled back. He managed to save nearly all the ammuni- tion although as he says, "there were not too many people around" to help. That's when he won his decoration. The blazing dump was not only a hazard, with exploding shells and bullets, but it lit up the nearby beach with its packed supplies from the land- ing craft. Aris, whose one officer and one other was to supply ammunition to the advancing infantry of the Canadian 8th and later the 9th Brigade, looked around in wonderment as he retraced that historic day a generation ago. The weather was the same, he recalled, blue sky over the channel and warm sun with a brisk breeze smelling of sea- weed. But the village then was partly flattened and the new and rebuilt houses confused liim. making the distances seem greater between beach and church. One of the streets he tra- versed towards the church was named Rue du Regiment de la Chaudiere. Aris recalled how amazed the Normandy villagers were at finding Canadian soldiers who spoke French. "The Chaudieres took a hell of a banging and were pretty well cleaned up" he recalled, referring to the severe casu- alties as that regiment drove inland. Although he fought on throughout the campaign for Caen and beyond and "never got so much as a Aris says he has not smoked again since 1945. 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