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Stories of Service and Sacrifice
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.
Army • Home Town: Quebec City, Quebec
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Army • Home Town: Edmonton, Alberta
There was some Chinese behind the lines, way behind the lines at an airfield with a little biplane and they’d come over at night and they’d drop hand grenades from the biplane and we’d call the guy “Bed Check Charlie” because he’d come around every few nights.
Army • Home Town: Peterborough, Ontario
Over to the Chinese side on the Sami-ch’on Valley, and my God when they started to appear I don’t know. I just can’t describe it. Like a huge flock of cattle or herd of cattle or flock of chickens or there was just massive. And the valley by this time was pretty well packed with Chinese.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Army • Home Town: Nova Scotia
At different battles so many lives were lost that it was not always able to keep clear records of burial sites. The weather often worked against proper burials and the mud that ensued was dreadful.
Merchant Navy • Home Town: St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
So once they decided to steal the cable and they had the cable ship and they sent it out into the Atlantic to steal a cable that was running from Anzio in Italy all the way to South America.
Army • Home Town: Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
My first strange encounter was when I first went in there. I noticed a sweet smell in the atmosphere, then I was told that was decaying Japanese bodies.
Air Force • Home Town: Merlin, Ontario
After the raid was over, we said, oh, don’t worry, they won’t be back again until tomorrow. [laughs] But that was the worst raid we had.
• Home Town: Netherlands
We looked out of the window and we saw the first Canadians coming around the corner. Some were on motorbikes and some... and they all had daffodils on their helmets. It was in the spring time so the Dutch gave them daffodils and they handed out chocolate.