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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Gordon Harrison

Gordon Harrison

Army • Home Town: Ottawa, Ontario

I hit Korea and then seeing this poor country devastated, bombed out, burned out, blown up, it was absolutely mind boggling for a young guy to see all this.

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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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Peter Chisholm

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Nesta Bass

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Roy Jardine

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Delphis Cormier

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André Therrien

André Therrien

Army • Home Town: Bedford, Quebec

The brigade sent a company of soldiers from another unit across our lines to hold the position that I had attacked. That’s when they discovered that there were 16 Chinese bodies on the side of the hill.

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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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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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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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Jack Neilson

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Don McLean

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Camille Ouellet

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Ron Myers

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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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Joseph Mulvaney

Joseph Mulvaney

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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Charles Laking

Charles Laking

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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John Frederick Mould

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Sid Meltzer

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Albert Abdey

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George Scherer

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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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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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Arthur Brown

Arthur “Art” Brown

Army • Home Town: York Township, Ontario

It was embedded in my bone and they said, well, it’s not going to move anyhow, I’ll put a battle dressing on it and give you a handful of aspirin and back to the gun.

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John Anderson

John Anderson

Air Force • Home Town: East Ham, United Kingdom

I think I hold the world record for a floating Spitfire, because it floated for about 3.5 seconds, which gave me enough time to get out and get into my little dinghy.

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Clifford “Cliff” Guest

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Fred Guest

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Corinne Sévigny

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Joyce Paynter

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Jean Marie Milot

Jean Marie Milot

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

The only thing I wouldn’t want to see is war. There’s nothing funny about seeing young people who have to beg for food and they have no clothes.

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Maurice Turner

Maurice “Migs” Turner

Navy • Home Town: Winnipeg, Manitoba

“Officers always look after their sailors.” And I don’t know what happened, but I remember him making the comment at the time and it struck home.

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Because its #tbt here is another photo! #ww2 A tank working its way through the narrow streets of an Italian village. t.co/5kXy5qBs96
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