Veteran Stories:
Cavan Joseph Darragh

Army

  • Mr. Cavan Darragh, March 15, 2010.

    Cavan Darragh
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"We completed the period of training and then returned home. It was to acquaint the Canadian troops with the American methods and American equipment and so on, because we were going to presumably join or meld in with them in the Pacific."

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I joined the group who were going to the Pacific by way of the United States, where we were going to Fort Benning, Georgia, for training purposes. That training was to enable this cadre to teach American standards or practices to the following Canadian troops that came to the Pacific. The war ended when we reached the camp, Fort Benning and we completed the period of training and then returned home. It was to acquaint the Canadian troops with the American methods and American equipment and so on, because we were going to presumably join or meld in with them in the Pacific. But we never did get there. There was the fact that, number one, the equipment that was used was different in some respects. I can’t remember the differences now but they used the different rifles than we were accustomed to using, so we had to get trained in that, so it would be all the same. We stayed and went through, I think it was ten weeks’ training, which we would have done had the war continued. But I guess they wanted to keep us out of mischief so we trained for ten weeks and by that time, they assembled a train and brought it down and took us home.
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