Master Corporal Rick Newell CD4 - Video

Video / April 26, 2017 / Project number: 16-0126

 

(Fade in to a scene of Master Corporal Rick Newell in an office. He is flipping through a photo album.)

Master Corporal Rick Newell : That was one of the courses in Borden.

(Cut to close up of the photo album showing a picture with MCpl Newell receiving (Canadian Forces Decoration, with first clasp))

Ah, there it is. Here’s a picture of me getting my CD 1.

(Cut to close up of MCpl Newell standing outside in front of a forest)

Master Corporal Rick Newell 1st  Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, Carcross Patrol, Yukon Territory.

My name is Master Corporal Rick Newell and today I am receiving my CD 4 award for 52 years of military service.

(Cut to the scene of an awards ceremony at a Canadian Rangers base surrounded by mountains.) 

Woman’s voice through a loudspeaker: I would like to ask Master Corporal Richard Newell of Carcross, Yukon to come forward.

(MCpl Newell walks up through the crowd and receives his award. Sound of Canadian Rangers clapping.)

(Cut to close up of MCpl Newell sitting on a deck overlooking a clear lake. Mountains and trees surround him.)

Master Corporal Rick Newell : I was born in Oshawa in 1940.  A friend of mine and I were walking down the road in the city.  We walked by the armouries and there was a big sign up there “Join the Canadian Army”, so we kind of dared each other to join the army. 

(Cut to a still image of MCpl Newell receiving his CD1 award.)

The next day we were both on the bus to Toronto, where we joined up.  I stayed in the military for just under 29 years and retired in 1986.

(Cut to close up of MCpl Newell sitting on a deck overlooking a clear lake. Mountains and trees surround him.)

In 1987, I came up on a house-hunting trip up here and bought this place, and then I moved up here in the spring of ’88. So, I was here for a while and I started working with the Air Cadets as a civilian instructor.  When the Rangers made it known that they were going to set up a detachment here from Yellowknife, I opted in. They said I couldn’t work for both, so I said “I’m going to go with the Rangers. ”  So I went with the Rangers, we established a headquarters detachment in Boyle Barracks and we were there from ’91 to ’93. We set up all the patrols here in the Yukon.

(Cut to shot of MCpl Newell climbing the stairs into his home. He shows his rifle.)

Master Corporal Rick Newell : This is my current .303, the rifle I have been issued with. 

(Cut to show MCpl Newell displaying his medals.)

These are the medals that I currently have and I’ll be adding one more bar to the one here on the right.

(Cut to close up of MCpl Newell sitting on a deck overlooking a clear lake. Mountains and trees surround him.)

Master Corporal Rick Newell : I appreciate the award, but I would have done it anyway. It’s not the award I am doing it for, it’s just being part of the Rangers and being part of the fabric up here, being useful. Knowing that you could be called on to assist somebody at some point and hopefully with good results.

(Scene changes to show MCpl Newell at his award ceremony. Sound of Canadian Rangers clapping.)

(Voiceover) It’s just nice to know that you could be needed and that you can function when you get out there.

(Fade to black with Canadian Army tagline “Strong. Proud. Ready.” in the centre of the screen.  The Canadian Army visual identifier is in the bottom right corner. Fade to Canada Wordmark.)

 

 

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