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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

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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Doug Raynbird

Doug Raynbird

Army • Home Town: Winnipeg, Manitoba

So for the next 10 months, that’s what I did, played the guitar and sang. We went to a two week tour up to Tokyo. We went two tours over to Korea with the show, two different shows.

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Robert “Bob” Stewart

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Ron Carruth

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Frank Wood

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Leonard “Scotty” Wells

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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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Allison Furlotte

Allison Furlotte

Army • Home Town: Nash Creek, New Brunswick

And in the middle of the night, maybe two or three o'clock in the morning, really a dark night, an explosion went off not too far from the safe trail we had to patrol. And I must have had my back turned because it got me in the back of the leg.

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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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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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George Myatte

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Don McLean

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Jack Neilson

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Gerry O'Pray

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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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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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Paul Métivier

Paul Métivier

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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George Scherer

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Norman McHolden

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John Frederick Mould

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Wilfrid Millen

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Thomas Marion

Thomas Marion

Army • Home Town: Quebec

Later in the night when they were back at their start point, they could hear soldiers shouting, "Help, 73rd! Help, 73rd!" They were all tied up in the wire and the 73rd couldn't get to them.

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Albert Abdey

Albert Abdey

Army • Home Town: Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom

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Earl Stiles

Earl Stiles

Army • Home Town: Dorchester, New Brunswick

I said, all of us will tell you, the war is over for you, you’re going back to Canada and I’m going to Berlin.

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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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Aleksander Bogdan

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Barney Roberge

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Robert “Father” Greene

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Donald McIntosh

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George Zwaagstra

George Zwaagstra

• Home Town: Tjerkwerd, Netherlands

When the first shot went, one fellow jumped in the water. He was shot at. He survived. And, he floated amongst the bodies down the river.

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Phyllis Holmes

Phyllis Holmes

Air Force • Home Town: Cardigan, Prince Edward Island

The V-2s were the worst of all because you’re walking down the street and a light would go over and the siren would go, and you couldn’t find a shelter.

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