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Victims of a Congolese Attack

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Victims of a Congolese Attack

Our job was to take and supply communications. we were armed to protect ourselves. The support, infantry support were Malians in Bukavu and they were the people we had to depend on for, if anything happened. There were a few, few things that happened close by. I happened to have been at, to visit somebody in the hospital in Bukavu and a truck come riding in and people running beside it and there were two, there was a man and a woman which were Belgiques. They had a plantation, the Congolese raided it and they, they were all cut up from machetes and that and they’re, they’re checking their legs and that and the thing was they tried to take them, bring them in the hospital and they didn’t have stretchers. And I happened to have been there and I went in, there was another couple of fellows with me. I said, “get a couple blankets”, and we got blankets and I showed them how to take and get a blanket and just pull, stretch so bring them in. The agony that they were in, those two, they were all cut up with machetes and that. And again, the hospital there they didn't have all that much for anything.

Mr LeBlanc recalls seeing some Belgiques victims arriving at the hospital after a Congolese attack.

Fred LeBlanc

Fred LeBlanc was born on September 5, 1935 in Moncton, New Brunswick. Having trouble finding a job, he decided to join the Royal Canadian Signal Corps. He remembers convincing his mother to sign the permission slip because he was only 17and a half. After three months of training Mr. LeBlanc had to leave for brain surgery. He believes he was lucky it happened while he was in training because he probably would not have survived if it had happened during civilian life. In 1953 he went to Kingston,Ontario his first time away from home. Mr. LeBlanc was trained as a as a teletype operator and eventually became a cryptographer. With young children and a wife back home Mr. LeBlanc was posted to Congo for a seven month tour.

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Fred LeBlanc
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