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Stories of Service and Sacrifice
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Army • Home Town: Claresholm, Alberta
The London blitz was 68 continuous nights of bombing and we were sent there.
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.