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Wounded In Action

Heroes Remember

He says, "I've got to, I've got to confess to ya, I feel the same way. "I says," I'm not suppose to show this to you because of the fact that I'm leading you and the leader is not suppose to show emotions, "but" I says, "I'm scared too." And this is not the first time I've been scared, but I have been scared before but this time is different." I says, " I feel the same way as you do. I think I've gone far enough, there's gonna be a stop to it. I think I'm gonna get wounded too in the morning in this action." And that's what happened. We both got wounded at about the same time. Now Blanchfield, he had two grenades in his pouch, the sniper who got a shot and then hit the grenades, one grenade it exploded and the other one exploded sympathetically. Two grenades exploded on his person and it just knocked him down, but before, before the bullet hit the grenade it passed through his arm. I heard the bang, the smoke and I looked over and there's Blanchy sittin' on the floor, on the ground, and he motioned a little o he says "My grenades, my grenades." I says, "Never mind the grenades," I says, "you're alive." And I felt him all over and he was fine except his arm hurt and he had got a bullet through the arm.

Mr. Parker concludes his story about the Marksman being torpedoed with her eventual demise. He also talks about close friendships that developed on the ship.

Richard Allen Parker

Richard Allen Parker was born in Vernon, BC on May 27, 1917 to a First Nations family. He talks about his early years, the prejudice that he faced, and the meaning of being First Nations. He left home at an early age to work in the mines. He talks about joining the PPCLI in 1942, fighting the SS and Hitler Youth and his time in Algiers and Italy.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Richard Allen Parker
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI)

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