Veteran recounts winning and losing the Purple Heart

Veteran Clint Morden, along with his late wife Janet, often attended the Port Elgin Legion, but today he spends his days at the Care Centre in Kincardine.

(R) Veteran Clint Morden with Port Elgin Legion Padre & Veteran Chuck Beaton

As a young man,  Private Clint Morden was part of the second division of the Scottish Essex Regiment on D-Day.

He recounted the time.  “After landing we dug into the existing fox holes,”  and as he says with a chuckle and a grin, “I only saw about a day and a half of the war”.  Curiosity made him stand up that day to look around.  It was then that he took enemy fire and was shot across the chest and in the arm by a sniper.

He was later found by the Germans, taken to a field hospital for dressings and was then shipped to a hospital near the Eiffel Tower. The wounded were given the American Purple Heart by the Germans and Clint wore his proudly during the three months he was in a prisoner of war camp.

He says that the Germans treated him very well and eventually the Americans liberated the camp where, when they realized he was Canadian, took back their Purple Heart Medal.

Clint returned home to Canada to marry his sweetheart Janet where a family of four daughters
and a son blossomed, as did many grandchildren.

Clint still has a tremendous sparkle in his eyes and is spending his days at the Care Centre in Kincardine.