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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Raphael Dael

Raphael “Ralph” Dael

Army • Home Town: Ypres, Belgium

We have to realize, that 1952 it was a trench war. And we got visits during the night, always during the night, by the enemy. But we had to make sure that they didn’t get into our lines.

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Duk Soo Kim

Duk Soo Kim

Army • Home Town: Seoul, Korea (Republic of)

So I fell down with my soldiers, after retreat some hundred metres after I put bayonet to my rifle, and attacked that hill, and occupied that one at once.

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Frank Jefferies

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Arsène Dubé

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Leonard “Scotty” Wells

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Paul Tomelin

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Dennis Moore

Dennis Moore

Army • Home Town: Ottawa, Ontario

And we came across a bit of a hill, looked at, and Jesus, there was the most beautiful ice rink on the Imjin, outside rink. It was like mirror, like a glass, they’d done it up.

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William Yuill

William Yuill

Army • Home Town: Oakville, Manitoba

The plaque said, “God and the soldier we alike adore in times of danger, not before. The danger’s passed, the wrong is righted, God is forgotten, the soldier slighted.”

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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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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.

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Camille Ouellet

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Susan Beharriell

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Jack Neilson

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Shannon Matechuk

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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.

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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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Albert Abdey

Albert Abdey

Army • Home Town: Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom

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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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John Laurie Paterson

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George Scherer

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Sid Meltzer

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John Frederick Mould

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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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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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Malcolm McLeod

Malcolm “Mac” McLeod

Army • Home Town: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

You don’t worry about getting hurt or whatever but you worry about being afraid and showing it, I think.

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Herbert Merrett

Herbert “Bert” Merrett

Navy • Home Town: Vancouver, British Columbia

We never had any support when we were going in on jobs. It was just going in, do the job and get the hell out of there.

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Joe Hickson

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Georges Charrier

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David Peat

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Edward “Ed” Lee

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George McKiel

George McKiel

Air Force • Home Town: Browns Flat, New Brunswick

The fighter came in for a second or third attack and really pranged us that time. My pilot said, ‘Bailout, get going quickly’.

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Corinne Sévigny

Corinne Sévigny

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

But let me point out that back then, women went to work in the factories. It was unheard of before then. Thousands of women went to work in the factories. It was an extraordinary feminist revolution!

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