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Stories of Service and Sacrifice
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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: Quebec
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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.
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.
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
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.
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!