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As You Were: The Tragedy at Valcartier

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SUMMER, 1974 -- Six teenaged boys died and fifty-four were injured in an explosion on a Canadian Forces Base in Valcartier, Quebec. A live grenade inadvertently made its way into a box of dud ammunition, and its pin was pulled during a lecture on explosives safety. One hundred and forty boys survived, each isolated in their trauma, yet expected to carry on with their lives ...more
Paperback, 197 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Goose Lane Editions
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Enikő
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
In the summer of 1974, a live grenade was accidentally included in a box of dummy ammunition used at a safety lecture for army cadets at CFB Valcartier. One of the boys pulled the pin and the grenade exploded, killing six cadets and injuring 54 more of the 138 boys present. Gerry Fostaty was 18 years old, an NCO, at the time. This book is his memoir of the event and of the days before and the years since.

I first heard of this incident on CBC Radio. One of the boys, now in his 50's, w
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rabbitprincess
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in the CF/Cadets
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: Quill and Quire through CBC Books
A very well-written account of a little-known incident involving the Royal Canadian Army Cadets in 1974. A live grenade somehow ended up in a box of dummy ammunition during a lecture on explosives safety, killing six cadets and injuring 54. Despite the severity of the incident, it did not receive a great deal of media attention, and even within the Canadian Forces and DND (the Canadian Department of National Defence) there was a tendency to push the whole thing under the rug. Yet the fact remain ...more
Ngaio
Some tragedies become part of the national consciousness and some fade away given time and it's not always clear why.

I have to admit that before I read this book I'd never heard of the Valcartier Tragedy. I asked around, but no one else had heard of it either. After reading this book I find that both surprising and unsurprising. Given the horrible nature of the tragedy and the fact that most of the wounded and all of the dead were teenagers, one would think that it would be a famous event. Yet,
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Jen
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, canadian, nonfiction
Full review at http://www.perogiesandgyoza.com/2012/...

In the summer of 1974, Fostaty was an NCO at the Valcartier cadet camp in Quebec, when on July 31, during a training session a real grenade was mixed in with the dummies. When the pin was pulled out, it exploded, leaving 6 boys dead and 54 wounded.



He sets the scene of what it's like to be an army cadet, from the toothbrushes used to clean boots to the meals in the mess. The contents of the documents he received from the Department of National Defense under t
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Trish
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, nonfiction, memoir
The strange and haunting story of the tragedy at the summer cadet camp in Valcartier, Quebec continues to plague the families whose men and boys were involved, 38 years after the events there took place. Imagine the indolence of deep Canadian summer in 1974, when 13- to 15-year-old boys gather at cadet camp to learn to discipline, obedience, and the manly arts. On a routine rainy day, while the boys are learning the dangers of unexploded ordnance by viewing dummy ammunition in a barrack, a live ...more
Edward G Gordon
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a copy & paste of my Amazon review.

This story is a tragedy, filled with genuine pain and heroism. It's the story of ordinary people in an extraordinary situation and the political maneuvering that followed.

Gerry tells the story with the aim of telling the truth, without ever laying blame. He leaves room for the reader to reach their own conclusions. He highlights the good and the bad, sharing his emotions and experiences in such a way as to make you feel like
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Laura
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This novel is one mans memories of a day turned horrific in a little known incident involving the Royal Canadian Army Cadets. In the Summer of 1974 on the Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, Quebec, a live grenade that had made its way into a safety lecture on explosives had its pin pulled. The resulting explosion killed six cadets, injured fifty-four others, and left one hundred and forty other teenage boys isolated; abandoned and ignored by the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defen ...more
Anna Andersen
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book was good, it is sad what happened and I feel like justice wasn't done here.
I can see the military work like this and how it ended up. Some one is at fault even if we never find out who, God knows and that person is going to have to live with this forever. I think these people are letting this terrible incident effect their lives and it is eating them whole because there is no closure for them. I am sad this happened. The book is overall just saddens me and I pray for the men who
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Tina Rogers
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got this book for my birthday a few years ago. It took me a few days to read it as I had to keep putting the book down from crying so much. It was a very well written book on the events that happened. I do recommend this book to anyone working with youth to realize how quickly accidents can happen.
beentsy
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
So very sad.
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