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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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Pamela MacLeod

Pamela MacLeod

Civilian • Home Town: Melbourne, Australia

Pam, I really must thank you and your Red Cross for the very good work you are doing for us boys as we come through your stations, on our way home from Korea.

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Nesta Bass

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Doug Raynbird

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Frank Lucano

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Robert Auger

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Francis Bayne

Francis Bayne

Army • Home Town: Guelph, Ontario

So our guns fired steadily all night, the barrels got red hot and we were throwing water on them to try and cool them down. So we fired right through until dawn, until the Chinese withdrew.

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Lionel Bourboing

Lionel Bourboing

Army • Home Town: Quebec

Once I arrived- one can’t forget that Laos was in the jungle, it wasn’t Montreal- the rain season hadn’t finished.

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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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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

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Ron Myers

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Shannon Matechuk

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Susan Beharriell

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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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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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Joseph Mulvaney

Joseph Mulvaney

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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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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Albert Abdey

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Wilfrid Millen

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Norman McHolden

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George Scherer

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Paul Métivier

Paul Métivier

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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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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Emilien Dufresne

Emilien Dufresne

Army • Home Town: Cloridorme, Quebec

In Düsseldorf, we passed a group of women on the side of the road. They tried to give us water but the Germans wouldn’t allow it.

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Alex Colville

Alex Colville

Army • Home Town: Amherst, Nova Scotia

In the field, of course, it was not feasible to do big canvasses or anything like that. So I did watercolours and drawings and I think most of the war artists worked in that way.

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Fred Guest

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Jerry Richards

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John Forbes

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Jacques Richard

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Jan de Vries

Jan “Dutchie” de Vries

Army • Home Town: Leeuwarden, Netherlands

I burst through this gate, saw movement, fired and then got the shock of my life. A whole line of German youth got up in uniforms, they had bazookas, machine guns and everything.

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Roger Dufresne

Roger Dufresne

Army • Home Town: Quebec

All those young men who didn’t come home; what they could have done if they had lived. It’s strange but that still torments me a bit.

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