ZC3939 Lieutenant Milton Cameron Vipond was born April 27, 1924 in Kenora, Ontario, son of First World War veteran CSM Joseph Howard Cameron Vipond, DCM and Laura Margaret Eastman. His father drowned in 1928, and his brother, Pilot Officer Dalton Eastman Vipond, was killed in action on 26 March 1942.
Milton served in the Second World War having enlisted in Kingston, Ontario on 12 November 1942. Little is known about his service but he was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the War Medal 1939-45, and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp.
Lieutenant Vipond married Helen Beatrice Brown on 17 November 1951 at Trinity Anglican Church, Bradford, Ontario. Reverend Blake presided at the ceremony. They had one daughter – Helen Lorraine Vipond Mantle.
By 1952 “Vip” was serving in the 2nd Canadian Rifles (which would become the 2nd Queen’s Own Rifles.) The unit had been posted to Korea for some time when, on 18 March 1955, a fire broke out in the Quonset hut in which Vipond was sleeping and he was unable to escape.
He was buried in the United Nations Cemetery in Busan, South Korea, Grave Reference: 38. 5. 3219.
A stained glass window depicting ‘The Dove of Peace’ was placed in the Trinity Anglican Church in Bradford, Ontario in his memory. He is also remembered on the Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance in Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario, Canada.