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
Lucien Desjardins Transcript Summary
[0:01:25.0] Beginning of interview.
[0:02:07.8] Permission to tape the interview.
[0:02:30.7] Date of birth.
[0:03:19.1] Current location in Montreal, Canada.
[0:04:22.2] Joining the Royal Canadian Corps.
[0:05:51.3] Heading to the Aleutian Islands in Alaska.
[0:06:19.2] Arriving in Adak in the Aleutian Islands.
[0:08:19.7] The Japanese Naval Base on Kiska.
[0:09:45.0] Mr. Desjardins’ job while on Kiska.
[0:10:24.0] Contact with American forces.
[0:11:16.8] Canadian food accommodations while stationed on Kiska.
[0:11:50.5] Length of stay on Kiska.
[0:12:22.4] Leaving Kiska.
[0:13:16.0] Impressions of the Aleutian Islands.
[0:15:50.0] Japanese memorabilia while in the Aleutian Islands.
[0:17:24.2] Mr. Desjardins got married when he returned from Kiska.
[0:17:52.0] Military work after getting married.
[0:18:42.7] Length of military service.
[0:19:34.9] Career as a fireman.
[0:20:31.4] Mr. Desjardins’ regiment in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.
[0:21:39.2] Thank you for the interview.
[0:22:18.4] Interview switches to Jacques Desjardins, Lucien Desjardins’ son.
[0:23:21.4] Canadian article about the Aleutian invasion from a Canadian perspective.
[0:25:43.6] Description of the photo on the magazine.
[0:26:45.5] Correction to Mr. Desjardins’ interview, Japanese instead of German.
[0:27:10.8] Permission forms will be sent.
[0:28:01.4] Thank you for interview.
End of interview at [0:28:07.7]