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Elphège Renaud

Elphège Renaud

Army • Home Town: St-Féréole, Quebec

But I know that Tremblay and Fong died, because the guys dragged them away in order to take our positions. But it wasn’t us who found Paul Dugal, it was the Chinese [...]

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John Woods

John Woods

Army • Home Town: Ottawa, Ontario

You know, we were taking a quite a hammering from artillery and I really didn’t realize how bad it was at the time. But when I got down and looked back up at the hill I thought to myself, “My God, we’re lucky to have gotten away with it.”

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Don Allen

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Peter Chisholm

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Art Baker

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Roy Jardine

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Gilles Martin

Gilles Martin

Army • Home Town: New Richmond, Quebec

For quite a long time, I wondered if it was really worth it. [...] Well, after reflecting [...] I understood that if we hadn’t gone, history would definitely not have been the same.

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Raymond Olivier

Raymond Olivier

Army • Home Town: Coaticook, Quebec

You were always wondering whether you were going to make it back. How would it happen? There was always a certain level of uncertainty. You never knew how things were going to happen…My job was to protect my troops and my men. That made it easier to forget yourself.

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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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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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Ron Myers

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Susan Beharriell

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George Myatte

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Shannon Matechuk

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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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Camille Ouellet

Camille Ouellet

Air Force • Home Town: Quebec

The transcription in English is not available at this moment. Please refer to the transcript in French.

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George Scherer

George Scherer

Army • Home Town: Ontario

I fired my 1st shot the second night just after midnight. I got the fellow I shot at just in front of our wire. I won't forget the feeling as I pressed the trigger that night + I hadn't got over it when I wrote.

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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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Wilfrid Millen

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Norman McHolden

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John Laurie Paterson

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John Frederick Mould

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Albert Abdey

Albert Abdey

Army • Home Town: Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom

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John Newton

John Newton

Army • Home Town: Ontario

It goes right through until August the 9th, 1918 and it stops there, and that was the day that the Canadian Army struck off at the Battle of Amiens, which was the beginning of the end of the war. I guess he was so busy after that battle started that he never had time to write in the diary.

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Olive Henderson

Olive Henderson

Navy • Home Town: Toronto, Ontario

I tell this to anybody, they laugh and say, overseas, you went to Newfoundland? I said, yes. Because it wasn’t part of Canada then.

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Glen Heisler

Glen Heisler

Air Force • Home Town: Rouleau, Saskatchewan

We had just unloaded our bomb load and up came another Lank directly underneath of us. We didn’t even see it until it had come in contact with our rear turret.

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Blanche Lund

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Edward Carter-Edwards

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Malcolm MacConnell

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Ralph Hennessy

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Clifford Chadderton

Clifford “Cliff” Chadderton

Army • Home Town: Winnipeg, Manitoba

I was in the trench and a German came and was above me and holding onto a hand grenade. And he dropped it. And I grabbed it and as we sit here talking, the hand grenade went off in my hand.

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Marc-Édouard Barrette

Marc-Édouard Barrette

Army • Home Town: Saint-Gregoire-de-Montmorency, Quebec

And even there, the blood transfusions continued and the doctor would come by to see the patient again. We had 10 or 12 doctors with us at all times. If it didn’t work, we clothed the patient and sent him to England.

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