Veteran Stories:
Dasia Nebeoniquit

Army

  • Dasia Nebenionquit served throughout France and Germany during the Second World War. He is the eldest male of Whitefish Lake First Nation.

  • Dasia Nebenionquit's medals (left-right): Stars 1945 France and Germany; Orange Stripe- Defence of Britain Volunteer Service Medal; King George Medal.

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"I got talking to the people, and they told me - they said that if there was another war, we wouldn't fight against each other anymore."

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My name is Dasia Nebeoniquit. My regimental number was B102626. I enlisted in Sudbury. I joined up with the old Sudbury Regiment. Sault-Ste. Marie Sudbury Regiment - that's what the regiment was called at that time. When I got to Camp Borden in 1940 I didn't know much about anything to tell you the truth. I didn't go to school - I went to school for a few years, that's about all

I went overseas in 1940, and I came back in 1946. Most of the time was in England, and here and there. I stayed for army of occupation force for about a year after the war was over. I volunteered to stay there. They were friendly after the war was over. They didn't like to mention their war or anything like that. I got talking to the people, and they told me - they said that if there was another war, we wouldn't fight against each other anymore. We'll fight side by side together. We didn't want to die either, so we had to do what we were told.

We were all mixed up. There were some native Indians with me. We'd talk to each other, but in the English way. We couldn't talk in our language because there were different - like Cree or Mohawks - we all talk different. Me, I'm Ojibwa. We all talked each other in a native way.

I'm proud of myself, you know, and I'm the only one that have our five medals at the pow-wows and everything like that. Maybe we're all dying. Maybe I'm the only one able to go...

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