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After the War

Heroes Remember

Interviewer: Were you demobbed shortly afterwards? Not for 30 days and I wasn't demobbed then. I came back to, to for demobilization in Vancouver and they gave me another 30 days to think things over. They wanted me to stay in the ranks. They wanted me to stay in the service rather not ranks. And with the, the company sergeant major rank, but it's never a confirmed rank, company sergeant major's. You, either you're a senior sergeant or you're a regimental sergeant major. So I said well, I, I still haven't made up my mind. Well here's another 30 days. Well I figured well with pay, what the heck. But when I came back I had decided to go back to the woods. So I didn't go back, I didn't, I should've. Lots of times I thought, I should have remained in the service. I had a heck of a time rehabilitating, had a tough time, getting away from that routine. You have a routine, you get used to it and there are a lot of amenities in the service that a lot that people never, don't even think about. Some of them that you know you could do without but most of them are pretty good. That's why there's so many people remain in the service, they're 35, 40 year veterans. And I sympathize with them, not sympathize with them, no I agree that they did what they, what they liked. It was something they did like, it was their niche so they fitted into it. I didn't fit, I went back to the woods.

Mr. Parker talks about readjusting to civilian life, and the advantages of the military structured life.

Richard Allen Parker

Richard Allen Parker was born in Vernon, BC on May 27, 1917 to a First Nations family. He talks about his early years, the prejudice that he faced, and the meaning of being First Nations. He left home at an early age to work in the mines. He talks about joining the PPCLI in 1942, fighting the SS and Hitler Youth and his time in Algiers and Italy.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Richard Allen Parker
War, Conflict or Mission:
South African War
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI)

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