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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Guy Marion

Guy Marion

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

We were with Colonel Dextraze. A mean man. He was a rough neck; a guy from the last war. Dextraze wasn’t afraid of anything. He was on the hill with us and his ideas worked. He wasn’t scared of anyone.

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Don Allen

Don Allen

Army • Home Town: Halifax, Nova Scotia

They found out that the bodies had been booby-trapped, which meant that if they touched them, they simply would blow up.

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Peter Chisholm

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Alphonse Martel

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Ron Carruth

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Aimé Adam

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Lionel Bourboing

Lionel Bourboing

Army • Home Town: Quebec

Once I arrived- one can’t forget that Laos was in the jungle, it wasn’t Montreal- the rain season hadn’t finished.

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Edison MacDonald

Edison MacDonald

Army • Home Town: Sydney, Nova Scotia

But on the 3rd of May, we were run over by battalions of Chinese and on that night we lost 26 killed. I think there was 40 people wounded and there was 7 or 8 taken prisoner. Now that all happened on one night and that was the scariest night of my life. That was the famous Battle of 187.

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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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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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Jack Neilson

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George Myatte

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Don McLean

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Camille Ouellet

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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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Susan Beharriell

Susan Beharriell

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.

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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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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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Albert Abdey

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John Laurie Paterson

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Joseph Mulvaney

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Paul Métivier

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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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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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Arthur Wall

Arthur Wall

Navy • Home Town: Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

We sank the sub and rescued 19 German seamen, one of whom was a chap called Waldimar Nicol who later, at a reunion that we held in Picton, was invited as a guest of honour from Germany.

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Lawrence Wagg

Lawrence Wagg

Army • Home Town: Saint John, New Brunswick

Cassino was a mess, the whole city. Somebody had said there’s no Canadians there, but I, I was one of them who was there

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Harvey Burns

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Kathleen Griffith

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Leonard Whiffen

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John Covan

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Kelman Cohen

Kelman Cohen

Army • Home Town: Toronto, Ontario

We took over this farmhouse and there was a trap door in the kitchen and I had a grenade. I had the pin pulled to throw it in. I heard a whimper. There was two young girls, maybe about 12, 13 years old. That would have been terrible. That would have been – I would have lived with that all my life.

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William Rawluk

William “Bill” Rawluk

Army • Home Town: St Paul, Alberta

And we got onto the beachhead at Normandy and right off the bat, they says, “Comrades, you’re on the front lines.”

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