He broke his back and made friends with a bear

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The 82 year old widower, who has six grandchildren and eight great canada goose outlet official grandchildren, said: “I was in the Paras https://www.canadagooseisverige.com at 17 and then transferred canada goose outlet montreal to SAS after canada goose coats uk canada goose outlet passing selection which as everyone knows is tough.

“I did six and a half years with the SAS before being medically discharged thanks to hitting a tree 200ft up and this rotten branch canada goose outlet ottawa snapping.

Canada Goose Outlet “When I was eventually rescued I was taken to base camp on a home made stretcher aboard a helicopter. It was found my back was broken. To cheer me up a bloke called Tommo (Trooper Peter Thompson) handed me the bear cub which was not much more than six inches long that he’d found abandoned canada goose outlet parka for safe keeping.” Canada Goose Outlet

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Trooper Thompson had found the bear hiding in a hole while on patrol and adopted it as natives warned its mother would kill it after having contact with humans. He and Jerry then looked after Chieftan, with him even accompanying them to drinking dens in Kuala Lumpur.

Canada Goose Online Jerry added: “I was in a lot of pain in a corset. The bear, which we called Chieftan after the jungle operation, cheered me up no end as I tried to get better. He raised our spirits at canada goose outlet us a dangerous time. Canada Goose Online

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“Once we were out on patrol and there was a big fuss because someone had broken radio silence to report that Chieftan must be pinning for Jerry because we had been away from base camp for so long. I can’t imagine what the enemy thought of that message, probably only confused them!

“Chieftan did start getting out of control as he got bigger because it wasn’t of course natural for a bear to live in a camp with soldiers. He was getting the best medical canada goose outlet in uk care and because he was so popular there were attempts to have him made into the official SAS mascot.

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“But sadly he died of pneumonia. But he’s not been forgotten at our headquarters in Hereford where photographs of Chieftan enjoy pride of place in the bar and SAS metal lapel badges were made featuring a bear paw. That very special bear is part of the regiment’s history. ”

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His adventures with the Special Air Service motto Who Dares Wins were taken with a pinch of salt amongst his punter pals.

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