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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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Don Leier

Don Leier

Army • Home Town: Saskatchewan

When we came back from Korea, or at least when I did, a couple of years later I wanted to buy a house through the Veterans’ Land Act, and they told me Korea wasn’t a war, I don’t qualify.

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Claude Petit

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Don Allen

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Raphael “Ralph” Dael

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Robert Faulkner

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Arsène Dubé

Arsène Dubé

Army • Home Town: Rivière-Verte, New Brunswick

The transcription in English is not available at this moment. Please refer to the transcript in French.

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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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Don McLean

Don McLean

Army • Home Town: Manitoba

I feel Canada should be very proud of its peacekeepers. They've been involved in peacekeeping for many, many years and have served on every mission that's come up.

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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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Jack Neilson

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George Myatte

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Camille Ouellet

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Gerry O'Pray

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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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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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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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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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Charles Laking

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Albert Abdey

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Thomas Marion

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Wilfrid Millen

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Paul Métivier

Paul Métivier

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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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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Tom Settee

Tom “Little Chief” Settee

Army • Home Town: Cumberland House, Saskatchewan

I was running from one slit trench to the other; and they started peppering us, you know. I was running back and I got hit in the leg. I couldn't move, the shrapnel is still here.

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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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René Massé

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Frank “Brownie” Cramp

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Clare Swartzentruber

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Ernest Randle

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Hugh Johnston

Hugh Johnston

Army • Home Town: Bay du Vin, New Brunswick

Well, it probably isn’t a funny story to a lot of people but it was funny at the time and the person that was involved in the story probably didn’t find it funny. However

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Fernand Trepanier

Fernand Trepanier

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

We fought with our bayonets. After mopping up a bit, we came face-to-face with a tank. Not easy when all you’ve got is just a small rifle in your hands, face-to-face with a tank.

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