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After One Year, You’re Different

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After One Year, You’re Different

You don’t realize it at the time but people tell you, you know, you’re you know, you’re a bit different, which they say you grow up fast. But yeah it’s, it was a great homecoming and to be with my parents again and girlfriends and all that. I stayed in the service which helped, you know. I stayed with the same group of people which was a great help, you know, because we would talk about things amongst ourselves. I suppose if you got out, you were on your own, people didn’t understand. I think this is the hard part for people that, you know, coping. I had no real ill effects from that, mental wise you know. Then again, 21, you know I just, I had a great career ahead of me. I stayed in the service and I knew what was ahead of me and I had a secure life with my family. But some people came back that weren’t, you know, with nerves I guess, this post syndrome they call it. I guess there’s people in Korea are suffering from that or did suffer. At that time they didn’t recognize it like they do now, you know. I suppose maybe all of us did act a little bit different but, you know, with the memories and everything at the time we didn’t have anywheres to go and didn’t know there was anything wrong with us, but I suppose a certain amount, extent there was, you know, with me, especially looking back with the children you know, that was the hard part.

Mr. Carney expresses his feelings when soldiers return home from a place like Korea and how they’ve become a different person.

Cy Carney

Mr. Cy Carney was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He grew up in a coal mining town where his father worked in the coal mine. Coal mining not being a career Mr. Carney would settle for, he decided to join the Army. In 1950, Mr. Carney joined the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals as a signalman. Mr. Carney’s initial thought was to join for three years, but his military career spanned 29 years. After the Korean War, Mr. Carney served in other missions with the Canadian Forces to include two years in Yukon, three years in Europe under NATO as a machinist, and in 1969 he was posted to Cyprus under the Black Watch as an electrician for a six month tour. After retiring from the military, Mr. Carney was employed at the Owen Plant in Grand Lake for 17 years. Mr. Carney married and had five children.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Cy Carney
War, Conflict or Mission:
Korean War
Royal Canadian Signals Corps

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