Jack Reid Heisler served as a Lieutenant and later Captain with the Regina Rifles Regiment during the Second World War from 1941 – 1946.
Jack Heisler and his Company landed with the first wave of the Regina Rifles on Juno beach, Normandy on June 6, 1944. Courseulles was the most heavily fortified position of the Anglo-Canadian beaches and upon landing were under immediate attack by German artillery and machine guns.
His group suffered many casualties, including all the crew of his Landing Craft, killed by a mine on their return to sea.
Jack took part in securing the village of Courseulles and said "there was a good deal of confusion on the night of the 6th, being that there were Canadians, French and Germans all in the village of Courseulles". On a lighter note he recalled his unit liberating a number of 'Indians' - American-made motorcycles - from the enemy.
Like many veterans, Jack rarely spoke of the war, but each year June 6th was a particularly emotional day.
Jack was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on May 31, 1918 and died in Calgary on December 9th, 1990. After the war, Jack returned to Canada and worked in Regina for nine years before moving to Calgary, where he built a successful career in the steel and pipe business.
He married Patricia (Pat) Telefson Moore in 1947 and together they had four children, James Charles, Nancy Sue, Karen Louise, and Mary Lee. Jack was an exceptional husband and father who lead by example and will always be lovingly remembered by his family.