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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Frank Lucano

Frank Lucano

Army • Home Town: Peterborough, Ontario

And to this day I’m thinking, those kids, and they were all kids, you know, are of one mind or the other mind, was, if anything comes around like this, this low, they’re going to blow them out of the sky with 50-caliber machine guns.

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Claude Petit

Claude Petit

Army • Home Town: Duck Lake, Saskatchewan

And all of a sudden, I was in the army. And I didn’t know what to say. I told my grandma I was just going for the day, she said it was okay. And I come back and I had seven days leave.

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Garry Williams

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Peter Chance

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Arsène Dubé

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Lionel Bourboing

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Duk Soo Kim

Duk Soo Kim

Army • Home Town: Seoul, Korea (Republic of)

So I fell down with my soldiers, after retreat some hundred metres after I put bayonet to my rifle, and attacked that hill, and occupied that one at once.

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Elphège Renaud

Elphège Renaud

Army • Home Town: St-Féréole, Quebec

But I know that Tremblay and Fong died, because the guys dragged them away in order to take our positions. But it wasn’t us who found Paul Dugal, it was the Chinese [...]

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Shannon Matechuk

Shannon Matechuk

Army • Home Town: Edgerton, Alberta

During the time there we concentrated mainly on getting the warring factions - the local warlords - to disarm and cease hostilities. We escorted humanitarian relief convoys to local villages where there were signs of famine in the local population.

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George Myatte

George Myatte

Army • Home Town: Ontario

The United Nations decided to send in two battalions, that were outside the airport waiting in armoured vehicles – that would have been the 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, also the Van Doo regiment. That, basically, insured that the airport was going to be secure.

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Ron Myers

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Camille Ouellet

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Susan Beharriell

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Gerry O'Pray

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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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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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Paul Métivier

Paul Métivier

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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Joseph Mulvaney

Joseph Mulvaney

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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Albert Abdey

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John Laurie Paterson

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Norman McHolden

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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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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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Fred Cash

Fred Cash

Air Force • Home Town: Dunnville, Ontario

So we couldn’t do anything about it other than watch them go into the sea. And that was a horrible, horrible, horrible experience for all of us.

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Rae Grey

Rae Grey

Navy • Home Town: Bristol, United Kingdom

I think some of the men used to get great joy out of seeing one of the Wrens in the cockpit trying to start the engine.

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Charles Marinier

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Jessie Nason

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Lester Brown

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David Mann

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John Gallagher

John Gallagher

Army • Home Town: Vancouver, British Columbia

The first time we’d really been shot at. And you could hear the bullets hitting the beach and then they came closer and closer and zipped by and just missed by a short distance.

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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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