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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Donald MacLeod

Donald “Bud” MacLeod

Army • Home Town: Vancouver, British Columbia

He had no sooner said that when a sniper’s bullet crossed my left shoulder and struck my platoon runner Private Oliver killing him instantly.

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Ramsey Withers

Ramsey Withers

Army • Home Town: Scarborough, Ontario

Literally, the battalion headquarters was only about 400 metres away - and I got down there and into the command post to report in, and people were looking at me with kind of stony faces and said, “Your friend’s gone.”

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Don Allen

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David Bowen

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Ron Carruth

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Norman Heide

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John Woods

John Woods

Army • Home Town: Ottawa, Ontario

You know, we were taking a quite a hammering from artillery and I really didn’t realize how bad it was at the time. But when I got down and looked back up at the hill I thought to myself, “My God, we’re lucky to have gotten away with it.”

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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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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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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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Shannon Matechuk

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George Myatte

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Ron Myers

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Gerry O'Pray

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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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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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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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Paul Métivier

Paul Métivier

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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Sid Meltzer

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John Laurie Paterson

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John Newton

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Thomas Marion

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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

Albert Abdey

Army • Home Town: Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom

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Jessie Nason

Jessie Nason

Air Force • Home Town: Hoyt, New Brunswick

We were always singing; and they used to say, we were the happiest group of service people they ever came across.

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Ken Luttrell

Ken “Fritz; Curly” Luttrell

Merchant Navy • Home Town: North Bay, Ontario

And our gun malfunctioned and it went off its elevating wheel, or off its elevating cogs. And the gun was stuck in an upright position with a live round up the breech.

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John Deluca

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Arlo Moen

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Leslie Clarke

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Selwyn “Sel” Stephens

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Eberhard von Ketelhodt

Eberhard von Ketelhodt

Navy • Home Town: Berlin, Germany

U-333, Cremer, he sank the Spreewald and reported that he had sunk an 18,000-tonne ship.

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Freddy Walls

Freddy Walls

Army • Home Town: Chatham, New Brunswick

Well we were driving along, the first thing, big bang. They had small artillery and small arms fire and they just let it all go at one time and I was just driving along and the first thing, everything went haywire.

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RT @MilHistNow: The last surviving Canadian veterans of the War of 1812. Toronto. Oct. 23, 1861. t.co/SBbe0m71BX
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