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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Gordon Harrison

Gordon Harrison

Army • Home Town: Ottawa, Ontario

I hit Korea and then seeing this poor country devastated, bombed out, burned out, blown up, it was absolutely mind boggling for a young guy to see all this.

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Daniel Kendrick

Daniel Kendrick

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.

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Arsène Dubé

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Lyle McIvor

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Claude LaFrance

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Garry Williams

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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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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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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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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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Don McLean

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Gerry O'Pray

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Ron Myers

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Jack Neilson

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Shannon Matechuk

Shannon Matechuk

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.

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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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Albert Abdey

Albert Abdey

Army • Home Town: Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom

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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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John Laurie Paterson

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Paul Métivier

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Sid Meltzer

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Norman McHolden

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John Newton

John Newton

Army • Home Town: Ontario

It goes right through until August the 9th, 1918 and it stops there, and that was the day that the Canadian Army struck off at the Battle of Amiens, which was the beginning of the end of the war. I guess he was so busy after that battle started that he never had time to write in the diary.

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Joseph Mulvaney

Joseph Mulvaney

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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Jean Marie Milot

Jean Marie Milot

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

The only thing I wouldn’t want to see is war. There’s nothing funny about seeing young people who have to beg for food and they have no clothes.

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Molly Campbell

Molly Campbell

• Home Town: Bowmanville, Ontario

I took care of children from five weeks to five years old, from 7:00 in the morning to 7:00 at night, while their mothers worked in the munition factories.

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Alfred Warford

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Maurice “Junior” Snook

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Joyce Mullen

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Richard “Dick” Clements

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Corinne Sévigny

Corinne Sévigny

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

But let me point out that back then, women went to work in the factories. It was unheard of before then. Thousands of women went to work in the factories. It was an extraordinary feminist revolution!

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Jacques Richard

Jacques Richard

Air Force • Home Town: St Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec

As mechanics, we were the pilots’ best friends because when they took off in their aircraft, they wanted to be sure to have enough gas and that their controls would hold up.

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