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Robert Faulkner

Robert Faulkner

Army • Home Town: Ottawa, Ontario

What they do is they fire two mortar bombs and then when they’re screaming in, they drop in another one. And once there’s two explosions somebody will get up and run to better cover and that third one sometimes gets you.

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Guy Marion

Guy Marion

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

We were with Colonel Dextraze. A mean man. He was a rough neck; a guy from the last war. Dextraze wasn’t afraid of anything. He was on the hill with us and his ideas worked. He wasn’t scared of anyone.

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Raphael “Ralph” Dael

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Elphège Renaud

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Arsène Dubé

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Doug Raynbird

Doug Raynbird

Army • Home Town: Winnipeg, Manitoba

So for the next 10 months, that’s what I did, played the guitar and sang. We went to a two week tour up to Tokyo. We went two tours over to Korea with the show, two different shows.

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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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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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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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George Myatte

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Don McLean

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Camille Ouellet

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Ron Myers

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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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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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Joseph Mulvaney

Joseph Mulvaney

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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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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Charles Laking

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John Laurie Paterson

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Wilfrid Millen

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John Newton

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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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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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Lois Cooper

Lois Cooper

Army • Home Town: Ottawa, Ontario

So you see, they do a great deal for us, bring out potential qualities that may have been deeply hidden: tenderness, love and understanding

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Romuald Pepin

Romuald Pepin

Air Force • Home Town: Farnham, Quebec

England had a radar system but below a thousand feet, it was easy for the fighter planes to go undetected by the radar.

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Nicholas Melnechuk

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Everrett Cromwell

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Walter Romanow

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Brian Murphy

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Aaron Glustien

Aaron Glustien

Air Force • Home Town: New Waterford, Nova Scotia

Some of the trips were very exciting, others were a little on the routine side. But it got really interesting when I joined the Pathfinder Force.

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Danny Arntsen

Danny “Boone” Arntsen

Army • Home Town: Beechy, Saskatchewan

he seemed about a baby-faced 18, but he didn’t look near that old. And he was standing there, his eyes as big as saucers, shaking and tried to talk to him and we couldn’t talk to him; and finally he said, I saved my hat

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