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Remembering D-Day:
Captain James Montgomery Doohan

Jimmy Doohan (1920-2005) of the Royal Canadian Artillery landed at Juno Beach with the 14th Field Artillery Regiment of the 3rd Canadian Division on June 6, 1944. Doohan was wounded on D-Day, 73 years ago today.

Doohan shot two German snipers, and led his men to higher ground through a field of anti-tank mines, where they took defensive positions for the night. Crossing between command posts at 23:30 hours, Doohan was hit by six rounds fired from a Bren Gun by a nervous Canadian sentry: four in his leg, one in the chest, and one through his right middle finger. The bullet to his chest was stopped by a silver cigarette case given to him by his brother. His right middle finger had to be amputated.

Doohan was a pilot and aerial observer. He was known as “the craziest pilot” in the Canadian forces. In 1945, having long recovered from his D-Day injuries, he slalomed a Mark IV Auster (a small, overhead-wing liaison and observer aircraft) between telephone poles on Salisbury Plain—simply to prove it could be done.

After the war Doohan eventually became an actor and certainly very well known for his portrayal of Montgomery Christopher Jorgensen Scott, a.k.a. Scotty on the television series Star Trek.

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What an amazing day at Supanova!

The first thing out of Ming-Na’s mouth when she saw me was “Oh my god, Simmons!” and then she proceeded to go on about how much she loved my cosplay. When I went for my autograph I mentioned the tweet she had sent me for my birthday and she remembered it and then grinned as she told me “Now we’ve both cosplayed Simmons, since I did it on the show!” and we had a laugh about that.

Christopher was absolutely delightful, such a charming and lovely man.

John called me sweetheart and I almost melted. He gives the most amazing hugs.

Such great memories from my first ever convention :)