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Blacks Contribution in the Military

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Blacks Contribution in the Military

There’s very little knowledge in Canada about Blacks in the Canadian Military and I think that’s gotta be exposed rather than hidden, because it started early, a long time before me. You know, at the beginning of Canada’s coming to be a nation, even before that, Blacks were involved in significant roles in the military. And I think that’s unknown.

Mr. Este expresses his opinion on the presence of Blacks in the military and the contribution they made during service.

Gus Este

Mr. Gus Este was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1931. He is the oldest child with two brothers and two sisters. His father worked as a porter on Canadian Pacific Railways. After attending school and achieving grade 11, Mr. Este decided to find employment onboard ships as a skipper. In 1950, Mr. Este made the decision to join the Canadian Army Special Force obtaining medical assistant trades with training in Camp Borden. He then went to Seattle, Washington and received advanced training in the medical field and gave service during the Korean War effort as a medical assistant. He was discharged from the service and worked at Canada Post for three years. Mr. Este later decided to re-join the service in postal corp and held rank of Major participating in tours to Egypt and Germany. In 1987, he retired with recognition of 33 years of military service.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
February 14, 2011
Person Interviewed:
Gus Este
War, Conflict or Mission:
Korean War
Canadian Army Special Force
Medical Assistant

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