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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Aimé Michaud

Aimé Michaud

Army • Home Town: Quebec City, Quebec

I said to myself, “Aimé Michaud, you’re a soldier! Forget about the past.” Then it hit me; I had left my parents and my friends behind. I thought, “Now I have a job to do. I am a Van Doo.”

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Claude Petit

Claude Petit

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.

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Ramsey Withers

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Pamela MacLeod

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Robert Faulkner

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Don Leier

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Frank Smyth

Frank Smyth

Army • Home Town: Toronto, Ontario

It’s like about five after twelve and they’re supposed to blow the bridge at twelve, and we’re screaming, “Don’t blow, don’t blow!”

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André Therrien

André Therrien

Army • Home Town: Bedford, Quebec

The brigade sent a company of soldiers from another unit across our lines to hold the position that I had attacked. That’s when they discovered that there were 16 Chinese bodies on the side of the hill.

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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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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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Shannon Matechuk

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Ron Myers

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Susan Beharriell

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Wayne Marshall

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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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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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Joseph Mulvaney

Joseph Mulvaney

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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Albert Abdey

Albert Abdey

Army • Home Town: Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom

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John Frederick Mould

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Norman McHolden

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Paul Métivier

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Sid Meltzer

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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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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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Kelman Cohen

Kelman Cohen

Army • Home Town: Toronto, Ontario

I tried to blend in with the rest of the country, the Anglo-Saxons, because of the racism that went on. And I did things that were kind of stupid when I look back, but tried for them to recognise me as a person.

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John Forbes

John Forbes

Army • Home Town: Windsor, Ontario

Well, when you’re crawling, every time I put my hand down, I thought, golly, you know, you hit a mine, that’s the end of me.

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Roland “Rolly” Gravel

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Hilda Cann

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Ralph Hennessy

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Lawrence Wagg

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Brian MacConnell

Brian MacConnell

Air Force • Home Town: Toronto, Ontario

I came down fast and saw the cross on the side and I knew it was an enemy. I followed it and gave a burst and got one of its engines.""

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Donald Stevenson

Donald Stevenson

Air Force • Home Town: Kingston, Ontario

One of the exciting events was in early 1945 when the Japanese started sending [hydrogen filled] balloons over to Canada with bombs hanging in baskets under them.

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#hockeynight in Canada on 23/02/43, after Ewart & mates won the Armoured Divisional Championship at Surrey, England t.co/hIt4L978
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