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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Peter Chisholm

Peter Chisholm

Army • Home Town: Canada

It was within days that we started to map up the minefield locations, secure the fences, destroy ordinance that was left lying around, recover bodies, all those tasks were started quickly after the 27th of July.

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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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Aimé Michaud

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Ramsey Withers

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Claude LaFrance

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Norman Heide

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Peter Chance

Peter Chance

Navy • Home Town: Ottawa, Ontario

Everything went fine to start with and then as these people came off, they were not doing too well some of them, they were wounded and a couple DOAs but our doctor, Joe Cyr, was the hero.

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Don Allen

Don Allen

Army • Home Town: Halifax, Nova Scotia

They found out that the bodies had been booby-trapped, which meant that if they touched them, they simply would blow up.

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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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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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George Myatte

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Gerry O'Pray

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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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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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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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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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Joseph Mulvaney

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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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Albert Abdey

Albert Abdey

Army • Home Town: Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom

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Robert Farquharson

Robert “Bob” Farquharson

Air Force • Home Town: Gleichen, Alberta

It was going down, that’s all there was to it. The climb and glide indicator was spinning around, the altimeter was just falling away, and we knew nothing but mountains beneath us, we didn’t know how far they were

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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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Robert Roth

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Donald McIntosh

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Earl Stiles

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Charles Bouchard

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Paul Mimeault

Paul Mimeault

Army • Home Town: Quebec

We were so tired, and so afraid; we didn’t know where we were going anymore. We all had long beards and bulging eyes. It lasted 30 days, day and night.

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Arthur Brown

Arthur “Art” Brown

Army • Home Town: York Township, Ontario

It was embedded in my bone and they said, well, it’s not going to move anyhow, I’ll put a battle dressing on it and give you a handful of aspirin and back to the gun.

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