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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Arthur Lortie

Arthur Lortie

Army • Home Town: Quebec

We climbed the mountain, shouting and firing: grenades, machine guns, other guns. We opened fire as if there were 30 of us. We were only about 10.

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Lucien Dion

Lucien Dion

Army • Home Town: Ste. Thérèse, Quebec

With my own eyes, I saw Dextraze pat someone on the back. He was patting the backs of his men to encourage them. [...] When he passed away (in 1993) and his funeral was held in Ottawa, I was there.

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Claude LaFrance

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Gordon Harrison

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Nesta Bass

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Stanley “Sam” Carr

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Ron Carruth

Ron Carruth

Army • Home Town: Toronto, Ontario

Walking down this trail, which could have been mined, we didn’t know. It could have been trip bombs or trip wires set on it.

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Joseph Gallant

Joseph Gallant

Army • Home Town: Bouctouche, New Brunswick

I changed as well. I was shy. However, I changed quickly. I quickly became strict as a deputy officer during my entire career. And I had a reason for doing it.

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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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Gerry O'Pray

Gerry O'Pray

Army • Home Town: Ontario

A lot of things happened while I was in the Congo. One of the things I remember was kind of a culture shock for me, as a young man coming from Nova Scotia. There were thirty-four different countries, I think, in that mission in the Congo.

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Shannon Matechuk

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Ron Myers

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Jack Neilson

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Wayne Marshall

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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 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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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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George Scherer

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Thomas Marion

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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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Sid Meltzer

Sid Meltzer

Army • Home Town: Ontario

My grandfather Joseph, who had served in the Austrian Army before settling in England, installed him with the disciplined life that the military had to offer, and its advantages.

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Leslie Euinton

Leslie Euinton

Air Force • Home Town: London, United Kingdom

When we got it back, you could actually see wrinkles on the back of the plane and the wings were pushed up and the whole plane was written off even though we managed to get it back.

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Jim McPhee

Jim McPhee

Air Force • Home Town: Barrie, Ontario

I realized that I was in a free-fall, pulled my ripcord and with a very short interval, I landed on top of a roof, rolled off onto a cobblestone courtyard.

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Danny “Boone” Arntsen

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Alfred Warford

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Thomas “Tiny” Hurst

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Leslie Clarke

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Malcolm Andrade

Malcolm Andrade

Air Force • Home Town: Georgetown, British Guiana

These little things get to you. You find that when talking to them way after the war, you find out they looked on us, they saw the roundels on our aircraft and they said we were freedom, that’s what we were.

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Patricia Collins

Patricia “Pat” Collins

Air Force • Home Town: Toronto, Ontario

I particularly remember the horror of the first pictures of the infamous Nazi Concentration Camp at Bergen-Belsen.

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RT @RCAF_ARC: January 24, 1946 – HMCS Warrior, the Royal Canadian Navy’s 1st aircraft carrier, is commissioned t.co/sjlXxjC4ym #RCAF
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