Veteran Stories:
John Schneider

Army

  • John E. Schneider returning to Camp Borden in 1952, after his father drove him back to base from Mitchell, Ontario. After extensive training, he was sent overseas to serve in Korea. Courtesy of John Schneider.

    John E. Schneider
  • While John Schneider was stationed in Korea, he acquired three pieces of work from local artisans. This model oxen was a working 'beast of burden', carrying water and supplies throughout the country. Courtesy of J. Schneider, 1953.

    John Schneider
  • Another example of Korean artistry can be seen in this model of an oxen carrying "honey-pots", the waste collected from the army camps, 1953. Courtesy of John Schneider.

    John Schneider
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"I had to go through some outfit in Tokyo, and then a Chinese tub from there. Went from there out to the Yellow Sea, until we landed in Korea again."

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John Schneider, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. And I served in Korea with the 13th Field Ambulance.

And I was supposed to go to Korea from Hong Kong with my Captain, but then my time was pretty near up in the army - it was six years - so I came home. I spent one year and twenty days in Korea, and spent thirty days in Tokyo.

When I first started off, my Colonel, who was a marvelous man, big man. He's still over there in Korea. He's buried in Pusan. He was supposed to send an officer over to Japan to take the money over to buy gifts. And I had to go there and fly over, and I landed in southern Japan, and went from there to Tokyo. Stayed in Tokyo for a while... pretty near a month, and I couldn't get back to Korea. So I had to go through some outfit in Tokyo, and then a Chinese tub from there. Went from there out to the Yellow Sea, until we landed in Korea again. When I got back to camp, the Colonel says, "Where in the hell were you?" I said, "I went back, Sir!"

Go to work and join the Army, and learn a trade. It don't cost nothing. It took me five years to make Sergeant in Korea. Five Years. And I'm telling you what, they were the best of my life.

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