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Joseph Ganin

Joseph Ganin

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

In other words, it was a trap. So we withdrew. The next day, we went back, during the daytime. He wasn’t there and we never heard from him again. He never came back with the prisoners and that bothered me.

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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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Norman Heide

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Arsène Dubé

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Lucien Dion

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Lionel Bourboing

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William Manning

William Manning

Army • Home Town: Sorel, Quebec

We killed the civilians, in a sense. So it was... it was terrible. And I remember Mr. Dextraze, he said, “Never say this while I’m alive.” I went up to his dugout and he was crying. And he was crying and he said, “Never say that you saw me crying while I’m alive.”

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Leonard Wells

Leonard “Scotty” Wells

Navy • Home Town: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Dr. Cyr came out; he’d just finished operating on one of these fellows. And you could-, he was just dripping in sweat. You could see, I mean obviously the pressure the guy was under was unbelievable.

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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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Gerry O'Pray

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George Myatte

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Don McLean

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Jack Neilson

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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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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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Wilfrid Millen

Wilfrid Millen

Army • Home Town: Ontario

On August 8, 1918 near Cayeux (en-Santerre) about twelve miles southeast of Amiens he was wounded in the left shoulder and back. He died of his wounds on August 10, 1918 on 10 Ambulance Train en route to a Rouen hospital.

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Paul Métivier

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Charles Laking

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John Newton

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John Laurie Paterson

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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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Léo Fortin

Léo Fortin

Air Force • Home Town: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec

They also sent parachutes with bombs to start forest fires. When a forest fire started, we had to go and put it out, sometimes even at night.

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Hyman Arlin

Hyman Arlin

Army • Home Town: Bialostok, Poland

Finally I found him and I sent a little note along to each soldier to pass it along to the seventh guy in the line. He jumped up and he scared people, they thought there was an emergency

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Mark “Lewis” MacDonald

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David “The Kid” Havard

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Roderick “Mac” MacIntosh

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Ivor Williams

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Blanche Lund

Blanche Lund

Navy • Home Town: Toronto, Ontario

And we said, oh, we’d love to be in the show. And then he informed us, well, there is one catch, you have to join the navy.

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Leo Pikulski

Leo Pikulski

Army • Home Town: Stanislau, Poland

Then, battlefield. Those things you’re never going to forget when you look at picture, what is scenery, dead soldiers, Germans, Polish, horses, tanks, trucks, everything mess up altogether.

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On February 26, Second World War Veteran and Memory Project volunteer Jack Rhind, shared his personal mementos... t.co/JRADXslWKf
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