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In Kosovo we had what we called our LSVW Ambulance, thin shelled ambulances, no armour or nothing like that. We had ballistics plastic put on the front of the windshields because when we first got there in FYROM, kids were tossing cement blocks at us as we were going under overpasses and they were taking out our windshields so they put this plastic on the inside of the windshields so all it would do was just crack and you had to drive down the road with goggles on, you know, plastic goggles so no glass would hit you in the eye because when we first got there that was what was happening. They were getting windshields and we were getting people coming in with glass in their eyes and stuff like that so we had to drive down with that and your helmet on, just a thin shelled ambulance that we’d drive around here in the country now. No real protection, I did take one bullet hole through the side of the ambulance. It goes through and through. Nothing really to stop it. Lucky it didn’t come anywhere near myself or the driver. We were told we weren’t in any harm at all, so that’s why we didn’t have any armoured vehicles but yet all the troops north would drive around in armoured vehicles and that’s who we were re-supplying. They could drive around in the armoured stuff but we had the thin shelled stuff.

Mr. Williams describes the type of ambulance driven providing very little protection in times when rebellious acts would be exercised by the locals.

Andy Williams

Mr. Williams was born June 24, 1964 in Trenton, Ontario. His father being in the Air Force, Mr. Williams had the strong desire to join, however, when his time came, the decision for service would be army and began his training career as an army medic. In 1985 he joined as a reservist and spent 25 years with the Regular Force. In 1997, Mr. Williams was deployed to Bosnia with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse Royal Canadians holding rank of master corporal. Another opportunity for a posting was exercised in 1998 when he deployed to Kosovo, this time with the 1 Service Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment. Mr. William’s army career as a medic took him to many In-Canada posting serving with the Canadian military and upon retirement resides in Berwick, Nova Scotia with his wife and family.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
March 19, 2014
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Andy Williams
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Canadian Armed Forces
Lord Strathcona’s Horse

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