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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

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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Aimé Michaud

Aimé Michaud

Army • Home Town: Quebec City, Quebec

I said to myself, “Aimé Michaud, you’re a soldier! Forget about the past.” Then it hit me; I had left my parents and my friends behind. I thought, “Now I have a job to do. I am a Van Doo.”

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John Woods

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Stanley “Sam” Carr

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Lionel Bourboing

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Claude Petit

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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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Robert Faulkner

Robert Faulkner

Army • Home Town: Ottawa, Ontario

What they do is they fire two mortar bombs and then when they’re screaming in, they drop in another one. And once there’s two explosions somebody will get up and run to better cover and that third one sometimes gets you.

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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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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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George Myatte

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Wayne Marshall

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Don McLean

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Gerry O'Pray

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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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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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Paul Métivier

Paul Métivier

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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Joseph Mulvaney

Joseph Mulvaney

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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Sid Meltzer

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George Scherer

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Norman McHolden

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John Laurie Paterson

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Albert Abdey

Albert Abdey

Army • Home Town: Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom

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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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Frank Wong

Frank Wong

Army • Home Town: Vancouver, British Columbia

“Your blood, our freedom.” That’s how they think of the Canadians.

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Kelman Cohen

Kelman Cohen

Army • Home Town: Toronto, Ontario

We took over this farmhouse and there was a trap door in the kitchen and I had a grenade. I had the pin pulled to throw it in. I heard a whimper. There was two young girls, maybe about 12, 13 years old. That would have been terrible. That would have been – I would have lived with that all my life.

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Kathleen Griffith

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Elmer “Al” Trotter

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William “Bill” Heaslip

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Louis “Lou” Howard

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Robert Nelson

Robert Nelson

Navy • Home Town: Hamilton, Ontario

I was in my skivvies, my shorts and my undershirt and I ran up on the deck in my boots and it was freezing cold but I went down the deck to my action station and when I was at the action station getting ready to drop depth charges, one of the officers threw a sheep skin coat around my shoulders and around my back to keep me warm.

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George Knowles

George Knowles

Air Force • Home Town: Birmingham, United Kingdom

I remember hitting the water and was knocked out for a few seconds. Within minutes, I could feel the numbing cold of the North Sea water. There was little survival time. Even in June, the water was icy cold.

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