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Revenge on the Corporal

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Revenge on the Corporal

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And it came my morning for orderly sergeant and... I picked up all the sick from different regiments in the camp, and we went down to the MO's office, and the MO's office was locked. And I looked at my watch, we were there at 6:30, and it was then 6:30. So I waited a few minutes and I broke off the men, and I told them to go to breakfast, and I went back to the office. So in about a half an hour the MO rang. "I want the camp orderly sergeant," I said, "Speaking." "Where's your sick parade?" I said, "My sick parade were there, your MO's office wasn't open." So I said, "I returned them to the breakfast and I'll be down to arrest your corporal." So I grabbed two guys out of the lineup and we went down and placed the corporal under arrest, took him down, put him in the guardroom. So when I put him in the guardroom, I said, "Remember me?" "Oh," he said, "vaguely." I said, "I'm the guy that you made stand at attention to talk to you." And I said, I made a... myself a promise then... I would take those three stripes off your... or those two stripes of your arm, and tomorrow morning I'm going to do just that." So we did. So that I think is about the only time I ever threw my rank around. In fact, I used to keep a ... a tunic with no ... stripes on it so I could go to the gunner's mess. I was more at home in the gunner's mess than I was in the... in the sergeant's mess. But anyhow, time went on. I went in with an advanced party down to the Ardennes area, a few days later, I went into action on the day after Christmas.

Mr. Mullin earns his extra stripes, and gets his revenge on a British corporal who treated him like a colonial. He then goes off with an advance party to the Ardennes salient.

Bob Mullin

Mr. Mullin worked in the United States as a chauffeur for an American tobacco company prior to enlisting. He left his chauffeur's job in the United States and returned to Canada to enlist. On Sept. 4 1937 in Newcastle, NB he enlisted in the Artillery’s 20th Field Battery. He trained in Britain for four years prior to seeing any action. He fought in the Ardennes salient with the British 6th Airborne Division but he says that there are no records of the British 6th Airborne fighting in the Ardennes because the Americans didn’t want it to be known. He delivered a baby in Germany after being hauled in off the street to help. At the time of this interview Mr. Mullin was living in St. John, NB.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Bob Mullin
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Northwest Europe
Battle of Normandy
1st British Airborne, Signals

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