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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Gordon Harrison

Gordon Harrison

Army • Home Town: Ottawa, Ontario

I hit Korea and then seeing this poor country devastated, bombed out, burned out, blown up, it was absolutely mind boggling for a young guy to see all this.

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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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Don Allen

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Francis Bayne

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Frank Lucano

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Art Baker

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Peter Chance

Peter Chance

Navy • Home Town: Ottawa, Ontario

Everything went fine to start with and then as these people came off, they were not doing too well some of them, they were wounded and a couple DOAs but our doctor, Joe Cyr, was the hero.

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Arthur Lortie

Arthur Lortie

Army • Home Town: Quebec

We climbed the mountain, shouting and firing: grenades, machine guns, other guns. We opened fire as if there were 30 of us. We were only about 10.

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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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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.

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Ron Myers

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Susan Beharriell

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George Myatte

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Wayne Marshall

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Camille Ouellet

Camille Ouellet

Air Force • Home Town: Quebec

The transcription in English is not available at this moment. Please refer to the transcript in French.

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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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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.

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Norman McHolden

Norman McHolden

Army • Home Town: Nova Scotia

At different battles so many lives were lost that it was not always able to keep clear records of burial sites. The weather often worked against proper burials and the mud that ensued was dreadful.

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Joseph Mulvaney

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John Newton

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Sid Meltzer

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Paul Métivier

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George Scherer

George Scherer

Army • Home Town: Ontario

I fired my 1st shot the second night just after midnight. I got the fellow I shot at just in front of our wire. I won't forget the feeling as I pressed the trigger that night + I hadn't got over it when I wrote.

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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.

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Gerald James

Gerald James

Army • Home Town: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Let’s see, 38 didn’t arrive for various reasons, that would be aborted take-offs, aircraft malfunctions, broken toe ropes, gliders disintegrating in the air and this type of thing.

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Weldon Moffatt

Weldon Moffatt

Air Force • Home Town: Regina, Saskatchewan

“I think it’s a German.” And it turned out to be Messerschmitt [Bf] 109, and he just came to our level and flew along beside us for about five minutes. And then he saluted and peeled off.

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Norval Brown

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Mark “Lewis” MacDonald

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Jack Barry

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Robert Guy

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Wilmer Gagnon

Wilmer Gagnon

Army • Home Town: Maniwaki, Quebec

So the Forestry Corps, I would say, had done more work than any other regiment because we started from the day we landed until the day we left.

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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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