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If You’re Not Scared, You’ll Get Killed!

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If You’re Not Scared, You’ll Get Killed!

Anybody that say they wasn't scared, they're not telling you the truth because if you're not scared, you'll get killed. When you're scared, you move. You move fast. You can get underneath that chair without touching anything. That's right. When we would get bombed we'd all run just like rats in holes and everything and then we'd come back and then we'd start laughing at each other and teasing each about where they ducked here and there and all that stuff. And you'd light up a cigarette, I've seen me lighting up a cigarette and I'd be... and that's where a cup of tea, you'd be surprised what a cup of tea can do.

Mr. Cromwell speaks about fear and how he and the soldier’s dealt with it.

Everett Sylvester Cromwell

Everett Cromwell was born on December 12, 1921 in Weymouth Falls, Digby Co., Nova Scotia. He was the fifth of ten children. At age twelve, he left school to work in the woods because his father, also a forestry worker, had fallen ill. Both of his parents were soon deceased, and the ten children stayed in the family home supporting one another. Mr.Cromwell supported the family by working for a local farmer and then in the local lumberyard. He enlisted in June, 1941 in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. After basic training in Halifax, Sherbrooke, and Camp Borden, he sailed aboard the Louis Pasteur to England, arriving on December 23, 1941. Two weeks after the D-day raid, Mr. Cromwell arrived in France with the 2nd Division, Motor Transport. For the duration of the war, his unit was responsible for transporting fuel, food and ammunition to the Front in support of the Allied advance on Germany. After being discharged from the army and returning home, Mr. Cromwell, recently married, reenlisted because it was ‘steady work’. He and his family were to experience institutionalized racism in Halifax, being denied accommodations because of their black heritage. This in contrast to the fact that he felt equal in all respects as a member of the Army. Mr. Cromwell and his wife, Elizabeth, currently reside in Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Everett Sylvester Cromwell
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Royal Canadian Army Service Corps

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