A Civil War Raging On

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A Civil War Raging On

Transcript
A civil war was raging on and we arrived there and lots of death and destruction. Women and children that were shot down by snipers and the mass destruction of buildings. Towns were completely empty, but just completely ransacked. The smell of dead bodies and just in general, close calls of being shot at and being shelled throughout our tour
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Mr. Bilinskis talks about arriving in Sarajevo and witnessing the devastation war brought to a city.

John Bilinskis

Mr. John Bilinskis was born July 26, 1967 in Montreal, Quebec. With a strong military background of his mother, father and grandfather serving in the Second World War, Mr. Bilinkis carried the strong fascination for the service. When making the decision to join the army, Mr. Bilinskis joined with 3 Royal Canadian Regiment holding rank of Corporal . After living in Germany for two years and being trained as a combat soldier, Mr. Bilinskis was selected to be a part of Operation Harmony where soldiers of 3 RCR November Company travelled to Sarajevo for the purpose of providing humanitarian aid and reopening of the airport. For this service, Mr. Bilinkis was awarded with recognition Commander-In-Chief Commendation for his participation in this effort. After discharge from the Canadian Forces, Mr. Bilinskis moved to Ontario where he resides with his wife and family.

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Medium:
Video
Owner:
Veterans Affairs Canada
Duration:
0:34
Person Interviewed:
John Bilinskis
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Location/Theatre:
Sarajevo
Branch:
Army
Units/Ship:
Royal Canadian Regiment
Rank:
Corporal

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