Lucien Desjardins grew up in Canada and joined the Royal Canadian Corp of Signals where he served as a communications officer during World War II. His job was to lay down wire for the army phones between camps. He spent time on Adak, Great Sitkin Island and Kiska in the Aleutians.
His personal story of war in the Aleutians - and the "Battle for Kiska" -- is from the perspective of a French-Canadian ally serving alongside American servicemen. Son histoire est disponible en français aussi.
Download a complete transcript of Lucien Desjardin's interview from January, 2011
Did You Know?
A PBY plane piloted by Lt. Jean Cusick was sent from Dutch Harbor, on June 3, 1942, to locate Japanese forces in the Pacific. He was shot down by enemy fighters en route. Five men out of the seven-man crew survived the crash and got into life rafts. Cusick and his enlisted pilot died on the rafts from their wounds. The other three were captured by the Japanese, and became the first prisoners of war in the Aleutian Campaign.