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How the WWII bombing of Pearl Harbor changed the future of B.C.’s Yorke Island – BC – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-12-03 06:12:58 –

December 7th marks the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. This is a defense alert event along the west coast of North America.

Efforts included the small Yorke Island in the Johnstone Strait, which the Canadian Army chose as a suitable location for coastal defense before the outbreak of World War II.

“It suddenly made the war feel very realistic, people on the west coast of Canada didn’t feel the importance of the war,” Catherine Gilbert, author. Uncertain War with York Island explained.

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“Suddenly, the western part of the country felt very vulnerable.”

Construction began in 1937.

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During the war, York Island became the home of about 200 military personnel. Canadian troops installed docks, searchlights, and guns to strengthen the British Columbia coast.

“They brought coastal defense experts from the UK,” Gilbert said.


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“He thought York Island was a good place. Any Japanese plane crossing Vancouver Island to Vancouver could be intercepted.”

Claudette Schulte’s father, Ed Garlinsky, was stationed on York Island. He told his family the very long days he and others experienced while isolated on this remote island.

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“They played baseball because he taught me about ball diamonds,” she said. “But other than that, I don’t remember him talking about other activities.”

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Nature has pioneered many places, but some structures still remain. When BC faces uncertainty about potential attacks from abroad, it reminds us of a very tense era.

“There was a feeling that it could happen,” Schulte said.

“So there was fear and fear that they could be at risk and might have a role to play.”

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