Welcome to the Memory Project

Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Ron Carruth

Ron Carruth

Army • Home Town: Toronto, Ontario

Walking down this trail, which could have been mined, we didn’t know. It could have been trip bombs or trip wires set on it.

Listen Audio Interview Listen
John Woods

John Woods

Army • Home Town: Ottawa, Ontario

You know, we were taking a quite a hammering from artillery and I really didn’t realize how bad it was at the time. But when I got down and looked back up at the hill I thought to myself, “My God, we’re lucky to have gotten away with it.”

Listen Audio Interview Listen

David Bowen

Army Listen Audio Interview Listen

Edison MacDonald

Army Listen Audio Interview Listen

Leonard “Scotty” Wells

Navy Listen Audio Interview Listen

Ramsey Withers

Army Listen Audio Interview Listen
Elphège Renaud

Elphège Renaud

Army • Home Town: St-Féréole, Quebec

But I know that Tremblay and Fong died, because the guys dragged them away in order to take our positions. But it wasn’t us who found Paul Dugal, it was the Chinese [...]

Listen Audio Interview Listen
Claude Petit

Claude Petit

Army • Home Town: Duck Lake, Saskatchewan

And all of a sudden, I was in the army. And I didn’t know what to say. I told my grandma I was just going for the day, she said it was okay. And I come back and I had seven days leave.

Listen Audio Interview Listen
Wayne Marshall

Wayne Marshall

Army • Home Town: Ontario

I joined the Army in the fall of 1952, and went into a new apprentice soldier programme for boys that were sixteen years old. It was part of the regular Army. I served on continuously from then right up until just before I was fifty-six years old, giving me almost forty years of regular service.

Listen Audio Interview Listen
George Myatte

George Myatte

Army • Home Town: Ontario

The United Nations decided to send in two battalions, that were outside the airport waiting in armoured vehicles – that would have been the 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, also the Van Doo regiment. That, basically, insured that the airport was going to be secure.

Listen Audio Interview Listen

Ron Myers

Air Force Listen Audio Interview Listen

Jack Neilson

Army Listen Audio Interview Listen

Gerry O'Pray

Army Listen Audio Interview Listen

Susan Beharriell

Air Force Listen Audio Interview Listen
Don McLean

Don McLean

Army • Home Town: Manitoba

I feel Canada should be very proud of its peacekeepers. They've been involved in peacekeeping for many, many years and have served on every mission that's come up.

Listen Audio Interview Listen
Shannon Matechuk

Shannon Matechuk

Army • Home Town: Edgerton, Alberta

During the time there we concentrated mainly on getting the warring factions - the local warlords - to disarm and cease hostilities. We escorted humanitarian relief convoys to local villages where there were signs of famine in the local population.

Listen Audio Interview Listen
John Laurie Paterson

John Laurie Paterson

Army • Home Town: Manitoba

John was stringing communication lines under a heavy barrage of shelling and machine gun fire. This was the Battle of Amiens, August 8 to 16, 1918.

Listen Audio Interview Listen
Wilfrid Millen

Wilfrid Millen

Army • Home Town: Ontario

On August 8, 1918 near Cayeux (en-Santerre) about twelve miles southeast of Amiens he was wounded in the left shoulder and back. He died of his wounds on August 10, 1918 on 10 Ambulance Train en route to a Rouen hospital.

Listen Audio Interview Listen

Paul Métivier

Army Listen Audio Interview Listen

Thomas Marion

Army Listen Audio Interview Listen

Albert Abdey

Army Listen Audio Interview Listen

Norman McHolden

Army Listen Audio Interview Listen
John Frederick Mould

John Frederick Mould

Army • Home Town: Ontario

He received a very small pension, for he became deaf, caused by the shells, and he also suffered from gas poisoning. When he came home I guess he had trench mouth and he had to have his teeth pulled out.

Listen Audio Interview Listen
Joseph Mulvaney

Joseph Mulvaney

Army • Home Town: Ontario

Listen Audio Interview Listen
Gordon Wilson

Gordon Wilson

Air Force • Home Town: Limeric, Saskatchewan

Air warfare is not like hand-to-hand combat, it’s impersonal and you know, they’re going to try and shoot you down, you’re going to try and shoot them down.

Listen Audio Interview Listen
Jan de Vries

Jan “Dutchie” de Vries

Army • Home Town: Leeuwarden, Netherlands

I burst through this gate, saw movement, fired and then got the shock of my life. A whole line of German youth got up in uniforms, they had bazookas, machine guns and everything.

Listen Audio Interview Listen

Wilmer Gagnon

Army Watch Video Interview Watch

Frank “Brownie” Cramp

Navy Listen Audio Interview Listen

Peter “Gery” Germaniuk

Navy Listen Audio Interview Listen

Romeo Bourgeois

Army Listen Audio Interview Listen
Jack McFarland

Jack McFarland

Army • Home Town: Mt Hope, Ontario

And the Germans come down, come from nowhere. Where they all come from, I don’t know. But all of a sudden, the beach was just loaded with them and they took us prisoner.

Listen Audio Interview Listen
Carol Duffus

Carol Duffus

Navy • Home Town: Toronto, Ontario

And so you know, I, I think that was probably why I advanced to the staff officer training because I was respected and that I knew what I was doing and why I was there

Listen Audio Interview Listen
RT @Ww2Women: french women pray next to the grave of an allied soldier, somewhere in Normandy, Summer 1944.t.co/LSubNuece4 t.
facebook Twitter