There are many stories connected with the Newfoundland Rangers that have become legendary. The story of Danny Corcoran is a sad one, the story of Dean Bragg's 150 mile trek into the interior of Labrador to confirm a plane crash, and the story of Jack Hogan and Eric Butt who spent 52 days lost in the wilds of Northern Newfoundland, are all legendary. All are part of Newfoundland and Labrador's colourful history. But to my mind, Frank Mercer's journey of over 1400 miles south and then north along the Labrador Coast in the winter of 1936 is the most dramatic story of all, and for his efforts he was not even given a medal, although years later medals were given to other Rangers.
- From the Foreword by Jack Hambling
My real objective in putting together this book is to make Frank Mercer known, not only to Bay Roberts, and area but to the rest of the Newfoundland and Labrador and elsewhere. I, like the great Scottish writer Thomas Carlyle, truly believe that history is really the story of great men and great women - in other words the story of heroes. Amd Frank Mercer is one of my heroes and he always will be, even after he crosses the line between time and eternity.
- From the Lead Article by John Parsons