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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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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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Joseph Ganin

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Norman Heide

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Gordon Harrison

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Raphael “Ralph” Dael

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Guy Marion

Guy Marion

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

We were with Colonel Dextraze. A mean man. He was a rough neck; a guy from the last war. Dextraze wasn’t afraid of anything. He was on the hill with us and his ideas worked. He wasn’t scared of anyone.

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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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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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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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Gerry O'Pray

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Don McLean

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Wayne Marshall

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Camille Ouellet

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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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Charles Laking

Charles Laking

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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Joseph Mulvaney

Joseph Mulvaney

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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Wilfrid Millen

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John Laurie Paterson

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Paul Métivier

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John Newton

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Albert Abdey

Albert Abdey

Army • Home Town: Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom

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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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Armand Emond

Armand Emond

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

The greatest day of my life was April 13th; liberation day. Ah, for me, that was the best birthday present.

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Frank Moore

Frank Moore

Air Force • Home Town: Kinley, Saskatchewan

My turret was hit and broken open and knocked away, my helmet and communication gear went out the window and I realized then we would have to bail out.

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Elmer “Al” Trotter

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Eberhard von Ketelhodt

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Allan “Al” Notman

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Fernand Trepanier

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Malcolm Andrade

Malcolm Andrade

Air Force • Home Town: Georgetown, British Guiana

You see like little matchsticks flying out and you suddenly realize as you rapidly approach them that those are men. Your cannon shells and bullets are just hitting them and throwing them out of there with the impact.

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Catherine Stevens

Catherine “Kay” Stevens

Navy • Home Town: Saint John, New Brunswick

And we started down Spring Garden Road and by then, hell broke loose. And the navy got the blame of everything.

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