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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Elphège Renaud

Elphège Renaud

Army • Home Town: St-Féréole, Quebec

But I know that Tremblay and Fong died, because the guys dragged them away in order to take our positions. But it wasn’t us who found Paul Dugal, it was the Chinese [...]

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Alphonse Martel

Alphonse Martel

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

That’s for sure, when some of our friends died like that… We would say: “Where is so-and-so?” And they would reply: “You didn’t hear? How come? He died yesterday.”

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Edison MacDonald

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William Yuill

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Aimé Michaud

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Robert “Bob” Stewart

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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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Delphis Cormier

Delphis Cormier

Army • Home Town: Campbelltown, New Brunswick

The transcription in English is not available at this moment. Please refer to the transcript in French.

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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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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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George Myatte

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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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Norman McHolden

Norman McHolden

Army • Home Town: Nova Scotia

At different battles so many lives were lost that it was not always able to keep clear records of burial sites. The weather often worked against proper burials and the mud that ensued was dreadful.

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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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Albert Abdey

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Sid Meltzer

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Thomas Marion

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Paul Métivier

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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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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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Peter Fane

Peter Fane

Navy • Home Town: Saanichton, British Columbia

The rest of the people in Canada never did hear about the zoot suit riots of 1944 in Montreal, but that was a vicious night, I’ll tell you.

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Julienne Leury (née Gringras)

Julienne Leury (née Gringras)

Air Force • Home Town: St Appolinaire, Quebec

There, one must wear skirts that go past the knees and they would always ask us to say "ma'am, yes ma'am" even if the girl wasn’t right!

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Robert Guy

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Georges Charrier

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Ed Green

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Leo Pikulski

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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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Gilles Boulanger

Gilles Boulanger

Air Force • Home Town: Sherbrooke, Quebec

It’s like you’d awoken in a bad dream; the turret, the machine guns, the noise, the motors, the fire coming out of the motors.

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