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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Frank Wood

Frank Wood

Army • Home Town: Peterborough, Ontario

Over to the Chinese side on the Sami-ch’on Valley, and my God when they started to appear I don’t know. I just can’t describe it. Like a huge flock of cattle or herd of cattle or flock of chickens or there was just massive. And the valley by this time was pretty well packed with Chinese.

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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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William Manning

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Lionel Bourboing

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John Woods

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Aimé Michaud

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Frank Smyth

Frank Smyth

Army • Home Town: Toronto, Ontario

It’s like about five after twelve and they’re supposed to blow the bridge at twelve, and we’re screaming, “Don’t blow, don’t blow!”

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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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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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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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Camille Ouellet

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Wayne Marshall

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Ron Myers

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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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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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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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Joseph Mulvaney

Joseph Mulvaney

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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John Laurie Paterson

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Albert Abdey

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Sid Meltzer

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John Newton

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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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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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Jean-Paul Bertrand

Jean-Paul Bertrand

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

There were places where we couldn’t advance - there were thousands of V-2s, it was mayhem.

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Geoffrey Jell

Geoffrey Jell

Army • Home Town: Cannock, United Kingdom

We just let go, we knew we had to win, we had to beat the Germans and that was it. Whether we, whichever way we did it, we had to do it, so that’s why we didn’t care.

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Marcel Caron

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John Bilyk

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Jack Williams

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Sydney “Sid” Thrussell

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Louis Howard

Louis “Lou” Howard

Navy • Home Town: Selkirk, Manitoba

I could read the Morse code sent by lamps, and there was a great big airplane flew over and said, 'Survivors ahead, survivors ahead.'

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Edward Sheppard

Edward “Ted” Sheppard

Army • Home Town: Bernard, Saskatchewan

About five minutes later, the doors opened and all the inhabitants of what turned out to be Westerbork Jewish Concentration Camp poured out onto the parade ground.

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