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Hi again-I have been going through the site and have found it really interesting. There was a picture of the Honest John Missile, my Dad was part of NATO and working on that and the Hawk Missile, we were posted to El Paso and Shilo, for that and he was posted to Fort Churchill without us for over a year. I was looking at the maps and pictures, there are honestly big trees now, because when I lived there there was nothing. I remember having to get my Father's written permission for any soldier who dated me. I only dated one, Gary Emery. My Dad was very strict. Can anyone out there remember when the PMs were patrolling the streets and there was a curfew and you would always have to show the written letter, (if you were with a young soldier). As I said previously, we obeyed the rules, not like today. The pictures of the houses bring back so many memories, good and bad, I remember them so differently, haha. My husband brought me back to Camp Picton, (I kept bragging about what angreat place it had been, I should have never returned. It was no longer a base, the houses had been sold and really not looked after and the feeling I had when we drove away was sad and I started to cry. This was not the place I had called home so many times, I should have JUST lived with my memories. Haha Thanks again for letting me yack, there is so much to go through on your site, it was really a great idea to have.

Added: November 15, 2017
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Hi Everyone-I just discovered this site and was surprised to see the 1963 Yearbook with my picture. It certainly brings back a lot of fantastic memories. I had a crush on Dennis Good, and I dated a soldier by the name of Gary Emery (super guy). My Dad then was posted to Ottawa, Lahr and Larkhill, England, Ottawa. As a PROUD ARMY BRAT, we just made friends fast, because we never knew when we would be posted or where. It certainly isn't like that today, some kids never get to travel like we did. Yes, it affected my schooling and friendships going from Picton, El Paso, Ottawa, El Paso, Picton, Ottawa, El Paso, Picton, Ottawa, Shilo, Ottawa, Lahr, Larkhill, Ottawa, BUT, I saw the world, learned that a lot of civilians hated us, that Americans didn't know where Canada was, but all in all, I wouldn't have changed one thing. I am still an Army Brat, and will be till I die. Haha You don't get that these days, the Camps are nothing like we had back then. We all stuck together through thick and thin. I remember going to Brandon, Saturday mornings on the Army bus with the Gang, and having civilians spit at us or throw eggs or tomatoes. Remember, we weren't the HEROS that they make out the soldiers are today. Well, I am here to say, our Mothers didn't talk to the press, they gave up their careers (my Mum was a Canadian Nursing Sister, four years of University), when there was a probkem with the running around when the husbands were on scheme, it was dealt with right away, by the CO No one went and squealed to the press, we were a close knit group and we all protected each other, no matter what. Our Father's were heros to many of us and I certainly know mine was to me.

Added: November 14, 2017
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Mrs. Reid, my Grade 4 teacher at Greenwood School, And teacher to many of us, served in the Canadian Women's Army Corps during WW2. The Canadian Women's Army Corps was a non-combatant branch of the Canadian Army for women established during the Second World War to release men from those non-combatant roles in the Canadian armed forces as part of expanding Canada's war effort. Most women served in Canada but some served overseas. My mother also served in the CWAC. I posted a Special Edition on the web site a few years ago entitled "Snaps & Scraps of my Service Days" if anyone is interested to know more about the CWAC during WW2.

Added: November 13, 2017
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On Remembrance Day, like many of us, i think of my parents, both veterans, my two grandfathers, also veterans, and the many parents of my childhood friends, most of whom were veterans.

I also think of Mr. Rumble, my grade 10 teacher, not sure which subject. He was the only ww1 veteran i had as a teacher, or at least i think so. I remember him as a polite and articulate man, and he seemed so old. Younger than i am now i expect.

Thank you one and all for being role models for all of us.


Added: November 11, 2017
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Cameron Haggerty - a name out of the mists of time. It will be good to renew acquaintances.

Added: November 7, 2017
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the reunion sounds like a great idea . Put my wife ,Diana and me down as coming Steve it willbe greatto see you again . bring your wife , she will not believe the stories , but she will want an explanation ///

Added: November 6, 2017
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Welcome Steve and Ken. NOTE You can post your interest here or just email me ALSO NOTE - at the request of some 70's people, we have extended our invitation to brats from the 50s and 70s. just let me know which generation you are when you submit your names. Thanks. Just use maiden, rather than married names.

Added: November 4, 2017
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Doug, if I have my way I will be at the reunion, please keep us up to date. Thanks. I am from the 60's

Added: November 3, 2017
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My wife, Mary (McDonell) and I will be in Winnipeg during the reunion. We are looking forward to hopefully meeting some old friends from the late 50's and early 60's.

Added: November 3, 2017
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70's Shilobrats are welcome to the August long weekend reunion. You can find the website url at one of the Shilobrats Facebook page. If any 60's or 70's are interested, email me. Interested 60's after one day include;
Faye Helgeson
Faith Powell
Sharon Middlelton Hoel
Barb Gilfu
Margaret Crawford
Ralph Embury
Bucky Dent
Danny Turner
Wayne Helgeson
Zoe Fowler
Susan Parsons
David Evans

I should be the best one ever. Details will follow after Nov 18

Gerald (Gerry) Brown has signed on to the committee. One of his jobs will be to get teachers interested.


Added: November 3, 2017
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