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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Art Baker

Art Baker

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

So it was the Chinese army that was in front of us and we were, what, 300 or 400 yards from them and we had our black night glasses and we watched them for 90 days.

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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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Delphis Cormier

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Herménégilde Dussault

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William Yuill

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Stanley “Sam” Carr

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Paul Tomelin

Paul Tomelin

Army • Home Town: Calgary, Alberta

My experience during the Second World War convinced me that war was hell. And when I was in Korea, I think that’s what I tried to get out with my photographs, that war was hell.

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David Bowen

David Bowen

Army • Home Town: Edmonton, Alberta

There was some Chinese behind the lines, way behind the lines at an airfield with a little biplane and they’d come over at night and they’d drop hand grenades from the biplane and we’d call the guy “Bed Check Charlie” because he’d come around every few nights.

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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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Gerry O'Pray

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Jack Neilson

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Don McLean

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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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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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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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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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Albert Abdey

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Sid Meltzer

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George Scherer

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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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Paul Métivier

Paul Métivier

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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Ian Mair

Ian Mair

Navy • Home Town: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

I got up and at that time, a bomb fell down and I was wounded in three places, left leg broken, and the right shoulder, and the left wrist.

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Dieuwke Wendelaar Bonga

Dieuwke Wendelaar Bonga

Civilian • Home Town: Indonesia

We did not get any food. We did not have any water.

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Kathleen Griffith

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Nellie Rettenbacher

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Roger Proulx

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Melbourne “Mel” Le Marquand

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Janet Mowbray

Janet Mowbray

Air Force • Home Town: Ayr, United Kingdom

Just the day after D-Day, one of our WAAF officers, who hadn’t been with us very long, put on her gas mask and walked into the sea at Aberdour.

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Evelyn Davis

Evelyn Davis

Army • Home Town: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada

The secrecy was kept. My family did not know where I was or what I was doing until after the war.

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