Veteran Stories:
Wallace Hacking

Navy

  • A photograph of Wallace Hacking taken at the George Derby Centre in Burnaby, British Columbia in November 2011.

    Wallace Hacking
  • Wallace Hacking's medals (from left to right): the Syngman Rhee Medal, the Korean War 40th Anniversary Medal, the Canadian Korea Medal, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea, the United Nations Service Medal (Korea) and the Canadian Forces Decoration.

    Wallace Hacking
  • The Ambassador for Peace Medal awarded to Wallace Hacking.

    Wallace Hacking
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"My brother was killed on September 22nd of 1944, my brother had died in Belgium. That gave me more motivation to join the army at that time because I wanted to go and avenge my brother’s death."

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Before I joined the military, I had been working sometimes 8:00 to 12:00. And I worked at various jobs. And I apprenticed as a silversmith in a jewelry factory in Ottawa. Then I went from there, I joined, well, my brother was killed on September 22nd of 1944, my brother had died in Belgium. And I tried to get into the army in the end of 1944, early part of 1945. I had already been in the sea cadets prior to that but that gave me more motivation to join the army at that time because I wanted to go and avenge my brother’s death. And why, I don’t know. My dad brought me out, I just was finishing up my training at the time that he brought me out.

Well, I was in the [Royal Canadian] Navy at the time that the Korean War broke out and we were all given an opportunity to stay on the ship or leave without any repercussions. But every man onboard our ship [HMCS Huron], to my knowledge, volunteered to go. I myself and people like me fought to preserve life. And unfortunately, in any war, you have to take lives to save lives.

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