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Basic Training And Underage

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Basic Training And Underage

Most of the NCOs were Second World War Veterans and they expected a lot from you and pushed you pretty hard because I guess through their experience they knew what was coming, somewhere down the road, and they wanted you to be prepared for it. It was a bit of a shock. A bunch of young fellows that probably hadn't had all that much discipline prior to joining the service and you sort of got it in great big hunks, and it was, but it was interesting. strong>Interviewer:</strong> What do you remember about the other young men that were with you in basic training? Well, there was a pretty a, we were a pretty mixed lot. A lot of them were younger fellows. A lot of them were Second World War Veterans, and they could, they had joined up for Korea and they were older. Some of them got in during the end of the Second World War and that, so they just had to pretty well take a refresher and that, they weren't really recruits, persay and that, they were a good bunch of guys.

In basic training in Calgary at the age of 16 years, Mr. Nickerson remembers the others who were in training with him as well as their non-commissioned officers and instructors.

Ray Nickerson

Mr. Nickerson's father was a farmer and Veteran of the First World War. Mr. Nickerson was the second youngest of 10 children. Three of his older brothers served in the Second World War. He left school at the age of 16 and enlisted in the army with the PPCLI. His parents were not happy with this. After enlisting, Mr. Nickerson went to Curry Barracks in Calgary for basic training. He did his advanced training in Curry and in Wainwright, Alberta. In November 1950, his battalion was told they were going to Korea to serve with the U.N. force. Mr. Nickerson saw action near Pusan, Seoul and at Kapyong. While in Korea, Mr. Nickerson was wounded by a land mine. He was hospitalized for nine weeks. After his recovery, he returned to the front . Mr. Nickerson's tour of duty ended late in 1951 and he returned to Canada. He remained in the Canadian Army until his retirement in 1968.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Ray Nickerson
War, Conflict or Mission:
Korean War
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI)

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