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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Edison MacDonald

Edison MacDonald

Army • Home Town: Sydney, Nova Scotia

But on the 3rd of May, we were run over by battalions of Chinese and on that night we lost 26 killed. I think there was 40 people wounded and there was 7 or 8 taken prisoner. Now that all happened on one night and that was the scariest night of my life. That was the famous Battle of 187.

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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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William Manning

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Duk Soo Kim

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Peter Chance

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Ramsey Withers

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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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Robert Faulkner

Robert Faulkner

Army • Home Town: Ottawa, Ontario

What they do is they fire two mortar bombs and then when they’re screaming in, they drop in another one. And once there’s two explosions somebody will get up and run to better cover and that third one sometimes gets you.

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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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Wayne Marshall

Wayne Marshall

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.

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Don McLean

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Camille Ouellet

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Susan Beharriell

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Ron Myers

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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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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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Sid Meltzer

Sid Meltzer

Army • Home Town: Ontario

My grandfather Joseph, who had served in the Austrian Army before settling in England, installed him with the disciplined life that the military had to offer, and its advantages.

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Charles Laking

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Paul Métivier

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Joseph Mulvaney

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Albert Abdey

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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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Wilfrid Millen

Wilfrid Millen

Army • Home Town: Ontario

On August 8, 1918 near Cayeux (en-Santerre) about twelve miles southeast of Amiens he was wounded in the left shoulder and back. He died of his wounds on August 10, 1918 on 10 Ambulance Train en route to a Rouen hospital.

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Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee

Air Force • Home Town: Vancouver, British Columbia

At that time in England, they were still having the flying bombs (we called ‘Doodlebugs’) with engines, to attack areas of London…

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Russell Smith

Russell “Smitty” Smith

Army • Home Town: Toronto, Ontario

Well, we had no equipment for instance. We would go on parade on Monday night and we were carrying a sword!

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Patrick Doucet

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Charlie Hunter

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Jacques Nadeau

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Elved Edwards

Elved “Evey; El” Edwards

Navy • Home Town: Winnipeg, Manitoba

So after that, I had a bit of a feeling that that we were dropping depth charges [anti-submarine weapons] on human beings like myself.

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Giles Doucet

Giles “Doucie” Doucet

Merchant Navy • Home Town: Bathurst, New Brunswick

He said, “Because I’ve got a cargo here that’ll blow you and your whole convoy apart.” So the Commodore hearing this, allowing them a submarine to lay down a smokescreen and we took off for ourselves.

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