Saturday, June 15, 2013
Serving in the Dominion of Newfoundland
I never met Gord Misner in person. He was serving his country Canada in the Dominion of Newfoundland 11 years before I was born. He served on the Table Mountain at Cape Ray. Growing up here we could look up and see that old Radar on the Mountain top and wondered about the men who put it there. Stories were told about Americans who built it and very little mentioned of the actual men who really built it. ( The men of the RCAF.) It was not until I obtained Internet service in 1997 before I could do any research on the old Radar. Before that it was just the stories circulating from the older locals in the area and no photos or names of the Servicemen were known. It was years before my searches began to yield good results. An E-Mail from a lady in Ontario (Madeleine Misner)told me her husband served at Cape Ray.Soon after stories and photos started along with a few phone calls. I asked the local paper to do a story on Gord and they did. (Story,click here) Soon afterwards his son (Les Misner) came from Ontario to Cape Ray with a friend and we went to the old Radar Site to place a living Memorial for Gord. (Blog Story,click here) Yesterday I received an E-Mail from Madeleine Misner and it stated, " "Dear Wayne,Just thought you should know that Gord passed away last Tuesday June11. It was peaceful and he is at rest. His wife for 66 years.Madeleine." Gordon Misner might of been the last of his group. When I usually find info now it comes from family members who go through old Diaries or letters and Google the words "Table Mountain or Cape Ray." They have contacted me and sent stories and photos over the years but it was an E-Mail from Madeleine that really started showing the Deeds of those who served there. May 25-2008 We noticed your request for info re Table Mtn. and the RCAF during ww2. Well, my husband served there from Nov. 43 to Dec. 44. He even helped bring the frozen American back to the camp. He speaks of the extreme winds and has many letters which he sent to his mother from there. There were many stories which he has recounted over the years to me and we have many pictures as well. He was in the RCAF but does not remember any Jim Irvine being there. Thank you Gordon Misner for serving our Country and helping with the History of Cape Ray.