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And when we arrived in Calgary we washed up and everything, and as we come out of the washroom and we seen this sergeant leading a bunch of young kids, which looked like they were going to be joining up into the service. So I went up and asked him, I said, “How would a guy get into an outfit like this?” And he said, “You just follow me son,” and he says, “we’ll get you in.” So I went to Currie Barracks in Calgary where I wrote my M-Sscore and at that time they decided that maybe infantry wasn’t the best place for me. That maybe I would prefer a technical corps and they suggested that signals would be a place that I could go to. So after asking what signals was and all that, they explained to me that it was communications and that I could learn all sorts of communications courses, technicians, as well as operators. I decided it was a good thing so I got on the train and arrived in Kingston a couple, three days later.

Mr. Dubinski describes enlisting in Calgary and being singled out for service in the Signal Corps

William Dubinski

William Dubinski was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on August 17, 1930. As a youth, he and several friends became train hoppers, travelling from job to job by rail, often staying in “hobo jungles”. One of his stops was in Calgary and it was there that he enlisted in the Canadian Signal Corps. Mr. Dubinski became a teletype operator and later became a communications instructor with the rank of Master Warrant Officer. He served overseas in Germany and as a peacekeeper in the Congo. His Canadian service included being the computer centre senior non-commissioned officer (NCO) during the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) crisis and Telecom manager for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, PQ.

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William Dubinski
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Canadian Armed Forces
Master Warrant Officer

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