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Seeing the Kids was a Good Thing!

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Seeing the Kids was a Good Thing!

A lot of times you can tell by the nature of whether the kids were out and coming to see you because everywhere you went, you’re just driving through downtown somewhere right? The kids would either come out or they wouldn’t and if the kids were coming out and trying to give you a wave or whatever you can pretty much figure that was maybe not such a bad spot. And the places where people were giving you one of those, you weren’t really sure, yah maybe a little more cautious. But it was just a busy city and people were going about their lives. You never really knew where things were going to come from. They told us in our pre-mission training that you had to watch out for the white Toyota Corolla station wagons but as I mentioned before, every other vehicle was a white Toyota Corolla station wagon. Watch out for piles of dirt, there could be an IED in that. Well, there’s so many piles of dirt in a country like that especially as they are building things, you could drive yourself nuts worrying about the white Toyota Corolla station wagons. What we tried to just focus on was keeping vehicles far enough away from us that no matter what colour they were, they weren’t right close to the convoy itself. And we adopted some tactics to keep us away from the edges of the road. Every foot you are away from a blast, it gets exponentially better for the outcome of the vehicle so we just drove down the middle of the road most of the time and kept away from the shoulders.

During convoy duty the chance to see and interact with the kids was something Mr. Moroz explains caused a feeling of ease while patrolling in unfamiliar terrain.

Vincent Moroz

Mr. Vincent Moroz was born November 12, 1965 in Spirit River, Alberta. In his early 20’s he worked as a prison guard in hopes of pursuing a career with the military police. This not working out, later on in life, at the age of 30 he re-joined the Reserve unit with the 49th Battalion, the Loyal Edmonton Regiment and within this role accepted a deployment to Afghanistan in 2006. Holding rank of section commander, Mr. Moroz held various responsibilities mainly in the convoy escort duty and providing support to Canadian battle groups. Being part of the Canadian Delegation commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge holds a great sense of pride and honour for his service as well as the sacrifice made by all our Canadian Veterans. Mr. Moroz resides in Spirit River, Alberta with his wife and family.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
April 3, 2017
Person Interviewed:
Vincent Moroz
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Canadian Armed Forces
Reserves Infantry
Section Commander

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