Second World War (1939-1945)
Wasp Section, The Irish Regiment of Canada, 11th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 5th Canadian Armoured Division (Wasp Section, The Irish Regiment of Canada, 11th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 5th Canadian Armoured Division)
During the night 16/17 April 1945 a strong enemy force consisting of approximately one thousand men supported by self-propelled guns attacked the town of Otterloo, Holland. The Irish Regiment of Canada was responsible for defending this town which was a key point in the main axis of advance of 5 Canadian Armoured Division and the location of Divisional Headquarters. The enemy succeeded in infiltrating into the town and bitter fighting continued throughout the entire night.
By 0600 hours approximately 300 of the enemy had succeeded in infiltrating into a vital sector and were securely dug-in along the verges of the narrow road. Corporal Asseltine, commanding a section of three flame-throwing carriers Wasps) was ordered to clear this vital sector. When the section, with Corporal Asseltine in the leading carrier, moved onto the road, it immediately came under intense small arms fire from three sides at point blank range, in many instances as close as four of five yards. Disregarding the enemy fire this gallant Non-Commissioned Officer, with great coolness, directed the work of his section and opened fire with his flame-thrower, spraying ditches and slit trenches on both sides of the road. A concealed Bazooka position opened up at approximately 30 yards range and the second carrier was put out of action. Corporal Asseltine immediately rushed the position and with one burst from his Bren Gun killed the crew. Visibility was limited by fog to fifty yards but this Non-Commissioned Officer advanced up the road a distance of three hundred yards until his fuel was exhausted and then continued his advance firing small arms until this vital sector was cleared of the enemy. He then turned around, picked up the crew of the carrier which had been put out of action, and returned to his headquarters to re-fuel.
As a result of this Non-Commissioned Officer’s magnificent leadership and courage seventy of the enemy were killed, many wounded and he remainder so demoralized that the tactical picture was completely changed and the town was quickly cleared of the enemy.
-I remember him fantastic person
-Red was one of my Father's best friends....goes way back in hockey, coached together many moons ago a Pee Wee team. A war hero that fought at Vimy Ridge. Old school role model. Jean & Red wonderful couple.
-our dads forever in our hearts ❤🙋♀️
- yes they are ❤
-we smile ❤ as we remember
-RED was a war hero that not many DID NOT KNOW ABOUT and should HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZIED FOR IT
-Red & Perky were to great coaches well respected by everyone
-Loved this man great person
-Red was a Great Man. WW2 War Hero, Fought in the Italy Campaign. Have the paper where they did a Story on Red.
-He was a great dispatcher for the fire/ambulance service, so calm. His daughter Judy lived with Rick Appleyard. Great girl
-I remember visiting him and his wife with my Poppa when I was little girl
-Many great memories of Red and Jean they even trusted me with their white poodle when they went on holidays I loved it. ❤️🤗
-Red and Jean would take over babysitting duties if I was at the fire hall with one of my children and a call came in, happened several times!
-Stopping at their store in Terra Cotta as a bunch of us kids were riding our bikes. Lovely people
-Red and my Dad, Pete Miller, started up the Georgetown Lacrosse program in the early 1960’s at the top of Sargent Road.
- i remember all us kids helping our dads build that lacross box 💖 fun times
-I was 8 years old holding nails.
- we little kids had those special jobs 💖👍
- Red & his family lived across the road from us for years...Corner of Byron & Windsor Road...R.I.P.
-Red & Jean were wonderful people, pillars of the community, yes Red was my first contact when I played Lacrosse at the old Sargent Road box, then when he put together the Bantam Tournament he made me feel real important as he ask me if I could help (gopher) my relationship with the Bantam lasted 27 years. They were awesome role models. RIP and thank you Red <3 Also the recipient of the 1988 GEORGETOWN HOCKEY HERITAGE AWARD :)
-Red was the best !
-The best hockey Manager I ever played for. Took us to BC and Winnipeg. Great experience.
- He's with me every time I'm out fishing.
-Feeling grateful for all the beautiful comments & memories & love for Mom & Dad, us kids love & miss them every day ❤
-I knew him as a gentle man.
- my DAD & so many other wonderfull people made our childhood awesome growing up in georgetown ❤✌
- we're lucky to have so many wonderful happy memories ❤
-your parents were very special in my life. Enjoyed every minute l spent with them.
-Remember Him well.
-.The Asseltines were really nice neighbours
-no matter how many times I read about his bravery It makes me proud that he called me his lil soldier. How ever when I told him that I wanted to join the navy to become a pilot. He told me never to be caught fighting another man's battle. Word's to live by. Miss him alot.
-Red Asseltine = Georgetown Minor Hockey
-also a war hero
- I remember catching a ton of horned chub down bye miss Saint Jean's and your mom breaded and cooked them all for Ken Gary Corbet Bruce Hall and myself. Lol who eats those things?we did. Great neighbors and good people. Thanks for the memories..
-good times back then 💖
-great neighborhood lots of memories
-I think he was your first friend. He always looked after you.
-I still remember talking with him on the front steps at the old ambulance hall. Super nice man 😊