Press - 06/5/2014

MiraCosta Alum James "Jeep" Canada

Just days after the college celebrated Memorial Day, a Marine veteran and MiraCosta College alum paid a surprise visit to the Oceanside Campus to reflect on his service to the country and his time at the college.

MiraCosta College alum James "Jeep" Canada, known as Uncle Blacky to his niece, served in the Vietnam and Korean wars and spent 20 years in  the Marine Corps. The 82-year-old is also a published author. His first book, entitled We Few, We Chosin Few, received a five-star rating from Amazon. His second book, All Goes on Twenty, tells the story of war and the people who fought in them. This book also shares intimate details of Canada’s life, including growing up in an orphanage where he was one of the leading members of the Shoeless Wonders, a youth football team that played shoeless in the snow. The book also shares the story of how he earned his three Purple Hearts and contains a letter he received from his friend, Lou Bell:

“’I was one of the few proud veterans to make it through the Chosin in Korea and Dodge City in Vietnman,’” wrote Bell. “You were an inspiration to us green combat Marines during my time in the field. I will never forget during the monsoon season when you put a rope on your ankle, a 45 in your mouth and swam across the current (not knowing what might be on the opposite side), then tied a rope so everyone else could hold on and wade across—straight out of a John Wayne movie.’”

is Canada attended MiraCosta College in 1972 and graduated in 1974. During his visit to the campus, he shared with Cheryl Broom and Dr. Francisco Rodriguez that MiraCosta College English Professor Willard played a huge role in his life and was instrumental in teaching him what he needed to know in order to write these books.

To learn more about James Jeep Uncle BlackyCanada, purchase his published books on Amazon or drop by the MiraCosta College Oceanside Library, where Canada donated his two books.

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