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Care for the Wounded and the Dead

Heroes Remember

Care for the Wounded and the Dead

Interviewer: So the whole time you're there, there's fighting going on. Oh yes. Interviewer: Battles. Can you take me through that? What it's like in the midst of a battle. Well, you haven't got time to be scared. You haven't got time for that. You just gotta go ahead and do your job and that's it. It's kind of terrifying when you see your buddies getting shot and blown up. See we had terrific shelling for months and months. They were always poking a shell at us, you know. Of course we shot back of course, but... with artillery, but... Interviewer: Did you see a lot of your buddies wounded and shot? Oh yes, oh yes. Yeah. Interviewer: Can you describe that for me? I just can't imagine being in that situation. Yeah well it's kind of hard because.... well one buddy, do I dare give his name? Interviewer: Feel free, first name. Yeah, Ray, he got into a minefield. And I went up there and, one of my stretcher bearers was killed the same time, but he wasn't killed. I cut his jacket open and my hand dropped inside his chest. And him and I used to have a beer together. Like I knew him well for years. Interviewer: How do you cope with that? Oh you have to. Cause they rely on me. Interviewer: So a good buddy does.... are you able to provide a proper burial for him? Oh all of them, what I used to do when I brought the dead out, I made sure I had both padres, the R.C. and the Protestant. I made sure they give a service. Then I done them up in a blanket and shipped them, to, back, where they were buried down by Pusan. Interviewer: So they were all buried in Korea? Oh yeah. Yeah, we had five-hundred and something all told. I handled about, I don't know, eighty or ninety, I don't know, somewhere in there. You don't keep track of things like that. Interviewer: No.

Mr Elliot recalls a friend being wounded in a minefield, and explains how the dead were handled and buried.

George Elliott

Mr. George Elliott was born in Eagle Hills, Alberta, on December 4, 1931, and now resides in Lacombe, Alberta. His father served during the Second World War and had a brother killed in the Second World War at Normandy. After serving the army during the Second World War , Mr. Elliott joined the Korean War service and at this time held the rank of Sergeant. He was among twenty one Canadians who were honoured for their service with the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade. Mr. Elliott was awarded the British Empire Medal. He was a member of the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia's Light Infantry. Mr. Elliott served as a stretcher bearer sergeant of the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. During his entire service, Mr. Elliott was recognized for his untiring efforts and his firm determination to never leave a wounded man. His actions were considered worthy of the highest praise and are a credit to the Canadian Army. Upon his return home from his duty in the service, never being wounded himself during his service, Mr. Elliott was accidentally shot in the neck resulting in him becoming a paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
George Elliott
War, Conflict or Mission:
Korean War
Stretcher Bearer

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