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Stories of Service and Sacrifice
Army • Home Town: Victoria, British Columbia
Well, I was behind the hill, so you know there’s someone over there who was taking a shot at me, so I quickly ducked into a trench. But when you hear that snap in your ear of the bullet going a foot, two feet away from you, you duck in a hurry.
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.”
Army • Home Town: Saskatchewan
When we came back from Korea, or at least when I did, a couple of years later I wanted to buy a house through the Veterans’ Land Act, and they told me Korea wasn’t a war, I don’t qualify.
Air Force • Home Town: Quebec
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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.
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.
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.
Army • Home Town: Vancouver, British Columbia
“Your blood, our freedom.” That’s how they think of the Canadians.
Army • Home Town: Toronto, Ontario
We took over this farmhouse and there was a trap door in the kitchen and I had a grenade. I had the pin pulled to throw it in. I heard a whimper. There was two young girls, maybe about 12, 13 years old. That would have been terrible. That would have been – I would have lived with that all my life.
Navy • Home Town: Hamilton, Ontario
I was in my skivvies, my shorts and my undershirt and I ran up on the deck in my boots and it was freezing cold but I went down the deck to my action station and when I was at the action station getting ready to drop depth charges, one of the officers threw a sheep skin coat around my shoulders and around my back to keep me warm.