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.
“You are about to embark upon the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you…I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.”