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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Donald MacLeod

Donald “Bud” MacLeod

Army • Home Town: Vancouver, British Columbia

He had no sooner said that when a sniper’s bullet crossed my left shoulder and struck my platoon runner Private Oliver killing him instantly.

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David Bowen

David Bowen

Army • Home Town: Edmonton, Alberta

There was some Chinese behind the lines, way behind the lines at an airfield with a little biplane and they’d come over at night and they’d drop hand grenades from the biplane and we’d call the guy “Bed Check Charlie” because he’d come around every few nights.

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Peter Chisholm

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Francis Bayne

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Delphis Cormier

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André Therrien

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Raphael Dael

Raphael “Ralph” Dael

Army • Home Town: Ypres, Belgium

We have to realize, that 1952 it was a trench war. And we got visits during the night, always during the night, by the enemy. But we had to make sure that they didn’t get into our lines.

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Frank Smyth

Frank Smyth

Army • Home Town: Toronto, Ontario

And we’re going crazy trying to get back and my buddy, who’s driving, runs off the road. So now, it’s about 11:50, and we’re trying to get this vehicle back going and we come roaring down the hill and it’s like about 12:05 and they’re supposed to blow the bridge at 12:00, and we’re screaming, “Don’t blow, don’t blow!”

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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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Don McLean

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Shannon Matechuk

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Camille Ouellet

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George Myatte

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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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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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Joseph Mulvaney

Joseph Mulvaney

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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Albert Abdey

Albert Abdey

Army • Home Town: Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom

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Paul Métivier

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John Laurie Paterson

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Norman McHolden

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Thomas Marion

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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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John Frederick Mould

John Frederick Mould

Army • Home Town: Ontario

He received a very small pension, for he became deaf, caused by the shells, and he also suffered from gas poisoning. When he came home I guess he had trench mouth and he had to have his teeth pulled out.

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Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee

Air Force • Home Town: Vancouver, British Columbia

At that time in England, they were still having the flying bombs (we called ‘Doodlebugs’) with engines, to attack areas of London…

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Kate Clendenning

Kate Clendenning

Army • Home Town: Kent Bridge, Ontario

A knock came to the door and these two men stood there with a telegram, and they stood there while my father and mother read the telegram, they didn’t leave, they just stood there.

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Fraser “Red” Muir

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Edward “Jiggs” Borland

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Pierre Bauset

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Jack Barry

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John Potter

John “Potts” Potter

Navy • Home Town: Toronto, Ontario

The big time was down the Mediterranean, that was very, very scary and exciting at the same time.

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Arthur Webster

Arthur “Arty” Webster

Army • Home Town: Toronto, Ontario

That was a little over four-and-a-half weeks of fighting mostly by the infantry. Which was absolutely frightening.

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