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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Claude Petit

Claude Petit

Army • Home Town: Duck Lake, Saskatchewan

And all of a sudden, I was in the army. And I didn’t know what to say. I told my grandma I was just going for the day, she said it was okay. And I come back and I had seven days leave.

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Joseph Ganin

Joseph Ganin

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

In other words, it was a trap. So we withdrew. The next day, we went back, during the daytime. He wasn’t there and we never heard from him again. He never came back with the prisoners and that bothered me.

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Roy Jardine

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André Therrien

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Frank Jefferies

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Dennis Moore

Dennis Moore

Army • Home Town: Ottawa, Ontario

And we came across a bit of a hill, looked at, and Jesus, there was the most beautiful ice rink on the Imjin, outside rink. It was like mirror, like a glass, they’d done it up.

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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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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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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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Jack Neilson

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Don McLean

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Shannon Matechuk

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Camille Ouellet

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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

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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Charles Laking

Charles Laking

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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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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Albert Abdey

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George Scherer

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Joseph Mulvaney

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Sid Meltzer

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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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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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Robert Petersen

Robert “Bob” Petersen

Air Force • Home Town: Kingston, Ontario

The one that stands out more than all is one where we were coned by searchlights and the light was so powerful that you couldn’t see anything inside the turret or outside the turret.

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Diane Hawthorne

Diane Hawthorne

Army • Home Town: Claresholm, Alberta

The London blitz was 68 continuous nights of bombing and we were sent there.

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Harry “Acky” Acton

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Thomas “Tiny” Hurst

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Martin Boomsma

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Shirley Richardson

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William Heaslip

William “Bill” Heaslip

Navy • Home Town: Toronto, Ontario

You could look down over the side and you could see the submarine rolling underneath our ship. It disappeared for a few seconds and then it suddenly came nose up, and went straight down.

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Jack Gillingham

Jack Gillingham

Air Force • Home Town: St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

I just put my number, name and rank on the top and lay the pencil down and that was it. He got ballistic then. He took his revolver out and started waving over his head.

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