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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Don Leier

Don Leier

Army • Home Town: Saskatchewan

When we came back from Korea, or at least when I did, a couple of years later I wanted to buy a house through the Veterans’ Land Act, and they told me Korea wasn’t a war, I don’t qualify.

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Claude LaFrance

Claude LaFrance

Air Force • Home Town: Quebec City, Quebec

Of course, at that time, you’re on your own. You’re in cloud. You can’t see anything but the enemy has radar so obviously you’re vulnerable. And you spend a lot of your time not only looking at clouds but also looking behind you.

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Arthur Lortie

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Lyle McIvor

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Stanley “Sam” Carr

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Frank Lucano

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David Bowen

David Bowen

Army • Home Town: Edmonton, Alberta

There was some Chinese behind the lines, way behind the lines at an airfield with a little biplane and they’d come over at night and they’d drop hand grenades from the biplane and we’d call the guy “Bed Check Charlie” because he’d come around every few nights.

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Pamela MacLeod

Pamela MacLeod

Civilian • Home Town: Melbourne, Australia

Pam, I really must thank you and your Red Cross for the very good work you are doing for us boys as we come through your stations, on our way home from Korea.

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Ron Myers

Ron Myers

Air Force • Home Town: Saskatchewan

Our commitment was to do observations along the ADL, which spread from the Mediterranean down to the Gulf of Aqaba - the tip of the Sinai Peninsula -re-supplying Army and UN outposts along the ADL by air.

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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.

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Camille Ouellet

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Don McLean

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Wayne Marshall

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Susan Beharriell

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Gerry O'Pray

Gerry O'Pray

Army • Home Town: Ontario

A lot of things happened while I was in the Congo. One of the things I remember was kind of a culture shock for me, as a young man coming from Nova Scotia. There were thirty-four different countries, I think, in that mission in the Congo.

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Jack Neilson

Jack Neilson

Army • Home Town: Ontario

Our mandate was to prevent civil war, arrange a cease fire and halt all military operations. Prior to this was the apprehension and detention of all foreign military and para-military personnel not under UN command. And it was specifically related to mercenaries. Use of force was authorized.

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Sid Meltzer

Sid Meltzer

Army • Home Town: Ontario

My grandfather Joseph, who had served in the Austrian Army before settling in England, installed him with the disciplined life that the military had to offer, and its advantages.

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Thomas Marion

Thomas Marion

Army • Home Town: Quebec

Later in the night when they were back at their start point, they could hear soldiers shouting, "Help, 73rd! Help, 73rd!" They were all tied up in the wire and the 73rd couldn't get to them.

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John Laurie Paterson

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John Frederick Mould

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George Scherer

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Norman McHolden

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John Newton

John Newton

Army • Home Town: Ontario

It goes right through until August the 9th, 1918 and it stops there, and that was the day that the Canadian Army struck off at the Battle of Amiens, which was the beginning of the end of the war. I guess he was so busy after that battle started that he never had time to write in the diary.

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Paul Métivier

Paul Métivier

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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Olive Henderson

Olive Henderson

Navy • Home Town: Toronto, Ontario

I tell this to anybody, they laugh and say, overseas, you went to Newfoundland? I said, yes. Because it wasn’t part of Canada then.

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Mervyn Couse

Mervyn Couse

Air Force • Home Town: Toronto, Ontario

So I popped my head up in the astrodome and looked out and we could, the cloud was at about 18,000 feet and the pink tongues of the flame were going through that and went up to about 21,000 or 22,000 feet. It was one hell of a fire.

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Clyde “Bogy” Bougie

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John Leach

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Orme Payne

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John Gallagher

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Joseph Wilson

Joseph “Tex” Wilson

Navy • Home Town: Dunstable, United Kingdom

The captain come up and briefly said abandon ship and that’s what I done.

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Glennis Boyce

Glennis Boyce

Air Force • Home Town: Saint John, New Brunswick

I tried to break it gently to my mother by telling her that I was thinking of joining the RCAF. At that time, I had already been sworn in.

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