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Robert Auger

Robert Auger

Army • Home Town: Quebec City, Quebec

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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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Raymond Olivier

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Edison MacDonald

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Herménégilde Dussault

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Duk Soo Kim

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Leonard Wells

Leonard “Scotty” Wells

Navy • Home Town: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Dr. Cyr came out; he’d just finished operating on one of these fellows. And you could-, he was just dripping in sweat. You could see, I mean obviously the pressure the guy was under was unbelievable.

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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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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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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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Roy Thomas

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Don McLean

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Doug Cavener

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Dorothy Gogan

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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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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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Joseph Mulvaney

Joseph Mulvaney

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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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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Paul Métivier

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Charles Laking

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Sid Meltzer

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Wilfrid Millen

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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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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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Danny Arntsen

Danny “Boone” Arntsen

Army • Home Town: Beechy, Saskatchewan

he seemed about a baby-faced 18, but he didn’t look near that old. And he was standing there, his eyes as big as saucers, shaking and tried to talk to him and we couldn’t talk to him; and finally he said, I saved my hat

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Joseph Friedman

Joseph “Joe” Friedman

Air Force • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

There was a lot of targets but both sides were doing cruel things. There’s nothing sweet or easy about war and there’s nobody fighting clean wars anymore.

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Weldon Moffatt

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Charles Ross

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Andrew “Les” Miller

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Jacques Richard

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Frederick Carter

Frederick “Fred” Carter

Air Force • Home Town: St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Our power was gone and the skipper called back and said, he didn’t know where we were and it was foggy out that night. And he said, he figured that we were going to have to ditch in the Pacific

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Roy Heron

Roy Heron

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

I made it a point to be very active and help in the children of both in Holland and in Germany, because kids had nothing to do with the war and they need help and kids were my prime factor in helping

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