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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Pamela MacLeod

Pamela MacLeod

Civilian • Home Town: Melbourne, Australia

Pam, I really must thank you and your Red Cross for the very good work you are doing for us boys as we come through your stations, on our way home from Korea.

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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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Edison MacDonald

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Alphonse Martel

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Aimé Michaud

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Roy Jardine

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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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Nesta Bass

Nesta Bass

Army • Home Town: Gloucestshire, United Kingdom

Of course we didn’t speak a word of their language. You could still wash people, you could still dress their wounds. You could still make them comfortable with just a smile. You don’t need to be able to talk. As long as you’re smiling and sympathetic, you can nurse people.

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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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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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Wayne Marshall

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Shannon Matechuk

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Susan Beharriell

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Camille Ouellet

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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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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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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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Joseph Mulvaney

Joseph Mulvaney

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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George Scherer

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Paul Métivier

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Albert Abdey

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Thomas Marion

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John Laurie Paterson

John Laurie Paterson

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.

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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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Robert Guy

Robert Guy

Army • Home Town: Barking, United Kingdom

And I knew that I had shot many of these young soldiers at that time of meeting them. And that seemed to stick in my memory, their faces.

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Maurice White

Maurice “Whitey” White

Army • Home Town: Edmonton, Alberta

As soon as I’d start to move they were shooting up flares and of course when a flare goes up, you got to take cover and lay still until the flare goes out. And that was very traumatizing. I actually said to my mother out loud, “Please mother, help me!”

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Jacques Raymond

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Jacques Tremblay

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Jack Gillingham

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Norman Silver

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Alfred Siegel

Alfred Siegel

Navy • Home Town: St. Catharines, Ontario

And all other ships, transport ships, taking all these soldiers going to invade France on that day. It was quite a memory to see all that; and feel the anticipation of the raid itself.

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James Ritchie

James “Jim” Ritchie

Army • Home Town: London, Ontario, Canada

We never had any problem with them. We’d go to their barber shops and get our hair cut. We were invited to their homes for meals.

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