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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Robert Stewart

Robert “Bob” Stewart

Army • Home Town: Saint John, New Brunswick

And that’s what bothered me the most anyway was the sense of failure when you lost somebody. Because you always think, well, if I’d known a little more, maybe I could have saved him.

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Francis Bayne

Francis Bayne

Army • Home Town: Guelph, Ontario

So our guns fired steadily all night, the barrels got red hot and we were throwing water on them to try and cool them down. So we fired right through until dawn, until the Chinese withdrew.

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Aimé Michaud

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Duk Soo Kim

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Donald “Bud” MacLeod

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Ron Carruth

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William Yuill

William Yuill

Army • Home Town: Oakville, Manitoba

The plaque said, “God and the soldier we alike adore in times of danger, not before. The danger’s passed, the wrong is righted, God is forgotten, the soldier slighted.”

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Don Allen

Don Allen

Army • Home Town: Halifax, Nova Scotia

They found out that the bodies had been booby-trapped, which meant that if they touched them, they simply would blow up.

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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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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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George Myatte

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Gerry O'Pray

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Ron Myers

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Shannon Matechuk

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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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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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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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Albert Abdey

Albert Abdey

Army • Home Town: Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom

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John Frederick Mould

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Wilfrid Millen

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Norman McHolden

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John Newton

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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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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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Carol Duffus

Carol Duffus

Navy • Home Town: Toronto, Ontario

And so you know, I, I think that was probably why I advanced to the staff officer training because I was respected and that I knew what I was doing and why I was there

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J.A. René Brunette

J.A. René Brunette

Navy • Home Town: Eastview, Ontario

So then we did something that we were never supposed to do during a time of war, but the captain took a chance- we approached and the captain turned on a huge spotlight so that we could clearly see the submarine.

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Mark “Lewis” MacDonald

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Monty Brown

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Jacques Richard

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Edward “Ted” Sheppard

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Corinne Sévigny

Corinne Sévigny

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

But let me point out that back then, women went to work in the factories. It was unheard of before then. Thousands of women went to work in the factories. It was an extraordinary feminist revolution!

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Harold Bronson

Harold Bronson

Air Force • Home Town: Cherhill, Alberta

I ended up flying a Tiger Moth, which is a small training plane. And I flew it and I landed it right by my house, in northwest of Edmonton, got out and showed my folks

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