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Were You Scared?

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Everybody is scared. Anybody that says they weren't scared or didn't have apprehensions about it and that is either crazy or they don't know what they're talking about. There's always that fear of, of, you know, "Here I am. I'm laying out here by myself, you know. All by myself and there's more people around but," you know. So I mean, yeah, you get apprehensive about it, but you, you know, you just push that to the back of your mind. And the North Koreans, and that, were not all that quiet so you knew they were coming. It wasn't like that they were sneaking around very quietly, and that. Although, they did have people that could, you know, that could come up into your wire and stuff like that and dismantle your booby traps and you wouldn't know they'd been there except in the morning you'd see that parts of the booby trap layed out on the, in sequence on the, on a piece of white cloth.

Generally, fear was not a topic of discussion in the trench at the front line. But, according to Mr. Nickerson, it was very much a part of everyone's experience.

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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