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Stories of Service and Sacrifice
Navy • Home Town: Simcoe, Ontario
And I remember going down in there and looking and all I could see was big black rocks and black water and a great big hole.
Army • Home Town: Winnipeg, Manitoba
So for the next 10 months, that’s what I did, played the guitar and sang. We went to a two week tour up to Tokyo. We went two tours over to Korea with the show, two different shows.
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.
Army • Home Town: Nash Creek, New Brunswick
And in the middle of the night, maybe two or three o'clock in the morning, really a dark night, an explosion went off not too far from the safe trail we had to patrol. And I must have had my back turned because it got me in the back of the leg.
Air Force • Home Town: Quebec
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Army • Home Town: Dorchester, New Brunswick
I said, all of us will tell you, the war is over for you, you’re going back to Canada and I’m going to Berlin.
Air Force • Home Town: Hoyt, New Brunswick
We were always singing; and they used to say, we were the happiest group of service people they ever came across.
• Home Town: Tjerkwerd, Netherlands
When the first shot went, one fellow jumped in the water. He was shot at. He survived. And, he floated amongst the bodies down the river.