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Garry Williams

Garry Williams

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.

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Delphis Cormier

Delphis Cormier

Army • Home Town: Campbelltown, New Brunswick

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

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Raymond Olivier

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Robert Faulkner

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William Manning

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Frank Jefferies

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Robert Stewart

Robert “Bob” Stewart

Army • Home Town: Saint John, New Brunswick

And that’s what bothered me the most anyway was the sense of failure when you lost somebody. Because you always think, well, if I’d known a little more, maybe I could have saved him.

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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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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

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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Camille Ouellet

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Don McLean

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Shannon Matechuk

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Susan Beharriell

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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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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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Sid Meltzer

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Paul Métivier

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Wilfrid Millen

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Thomas Marion

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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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Albert Abdey

Albert Abdey

Army • Home Town: Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom

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Clare Swartzentruber

Clare Swartzentruber

Army • Home Town: Kitchener, Ontario

We’d go through there and you’d see people crawling out of that rubble that were still living in basements underneath the buildings

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John Anderson

John Anderson

Air Force • Home Town: East Ham, United Kingdom

I think I hold the world record for a floating Spitfire, because it floated for about 3.5 seconds, which gave me enough time to get out and get into my little dinghy.

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Peter Fane

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Maurice Bossé

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Kenneth “Alan” France

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James Newell

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Dexter Larrabee

Dexter Larrabee

Air Force • Home Town: Calgary, Alberta

On the first trip out, we almost got shot down, which I wasn’t too fussy about.

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Paul Bentley

Paul Bentley

Army • Home Town: Southampton, Ontario

And I can still remember one old gentleman, coming along the sidewalk, waving this map above his head and saying, here Johnny, here Johnny, here’s your top secret map.

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