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Stories of Service and Sacrifice
Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec
So it was the Chinese army that was in front of us and we were, what, 300 or 400 yards from them and we had our black night glasses and we watched them for 90 days.
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.
Army • Home Town: Calgary, Alberta
My experience during the Second World War convinced me that war was hell. And when I was in Korea, I think that’s what I tried to get out with my photographs, that war was hell.
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.
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.
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.
Air Force • Home Town: Quebec
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Air Force • Home Town: Ontario
They told me I couldn't fly in a high performance jet aircraft because "my female parts would be damaged." It was quite a thrill breaking the sound barrier at 100 feet, climbing straight up and doing rolls and loops above the clouds.
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.
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.
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.
Navy • Home Town: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
I got up and at that time, a bomb fell down and I was wounded in three places, left leg broken, and the right shoulder, and the left wrist.
Civilian • Home Town: Indonesia
We did not get any food. We did not have any water.
Air Force • Home Town: Ayr, United Kingdom
Just the day after D-Day, one of our WAAF officers, who hadn’t been with us very long, put on her gas mask and walked into the sea at Aberdour.