AS YOU WERE: THE TRAGEDY AT VALCARTIER

Author: Gerry Fostaty
Book: As You Were: The Tragedy at Valcartier

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In the summer of 1974, six teenaged boys were killed and fifty-four injured in an explosion on a Canadian Forces Base in Valcartier, Quebec. A live grenade had inadvertently made its way into a box of dud ammunition, its pin was pulled during a lecture on explosives safety. One hundred forty boys survived, each isolated in their trauma, grief, and pain, yet expected to carry on with their lives. The army provided no counselling of any kind for these young men. No follow up was ever done. Blame w…more

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