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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Garry Williams

Garry Williams

Army • Home Town: Victoria, British Columbia

Well, I was behind the hill, so you know there’s someone over there who was taking a shot at me, so I quickly ducked into a trench. But when you hear that snap in your ear of the bullet going a foot, two feet away from you, you duck in a hurry.

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Frank Wood

Frank Wood

Army • Home Town: Peterborough, Ontario

Over to the Chinese side on the Sami-ch’on Valley, and my God when they started to appear I don’t know. I just can’t describe it. Like a huge flock of cattle or herd of cattle or flock of chickens or there was just massive. And the valley by this time was pretty well packed with Chinese.

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Peter Chance

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Delphis Cormier

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Donald “Bud” MacLeod

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Lucien Dion

Lucien Dion

Army • Home Town: Ste. Thérèse, Quebec

With my own eyes, I saw Dextraze pat someone on the back. He was patting the backs of his men to encourage them. [...] When he passed away (in 1993) and his funeral was held in Ottawa, I was there.

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John Woods

John Woods

Army • Home Town: Ottawa, Ontario

You know, we were taking a quite a hammering from artillery and I really didn’t realize how bad it was at the time. But when I got down and looked back up at the hill I thought to myself, “My God, we’re lucky to have gotten away with it.”

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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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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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Jack Neilson

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George Myatte

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Shannon Matechuk

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Ron Myers

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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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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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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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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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Thomas Marion

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John Laurie Paterson

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Albert Abdey

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Wilfrid Millen

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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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Joseph Mulvaney

Joseph Mulvaney

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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George Mann

George Mann

Army • Home Town: Beebe, Quebec

The hard part for me was that our squadron or the regiment would go out in the morning and I’d fuel up 12 to 15 tanks at night. One night, I only had three come back.

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Howard Breidon

Howard “Hardtack” Breidon

Army • Home Town: Verdun, Quebec

The first thing I can remember was the smell; and the tanks that were emptied, that were blown up, Canadian tanks.

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Mike Grey

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Clyde “Bogy” Bougie

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Patrick Doucet

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James “Jim” Brown

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John Cathie

John Cathie

Army • Home Town: Leduc, Alberta

I was very lucky and I’m very glad, you know, it could have been a curtain call for me if I had been in a regular battle.

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Frederick Bourgeois

Frederick “Fred” Bourgeois

Army • Home Town: Shediac, New Brunswick

We walked from Normandy to Germany. We were on foot. We walked 10 miles per day.

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