T he first Canadians we ever met became fast friends. Art (Dirks) came home one day and had met these two fellows, who asked him if he knew somebody willing to se11 them his or her camera. "Of course," Art had said. "Come to my home tonight and I will have a camera for you." Where to get one was now his problem. He talked my uncle into selling his camera.
W ould they come? Promptly at 7.00 p.m. 2 Canadian soldiers arrived on 1 bicycle. I invited them in for tea. Tea??? It was dried linden leaf tea without milk or sugar. We chatted for a while and learned their names and where they came from. Andy from Medicine Hat and Perry from Abbotsford B.C. They politely declined the tea.
W ith the camera they disappeared together on the one bike. Imagine our surprise when they returned an hour or so later, carrying a large bag with real tea, canned milk, sugar, jam and real coffee. We could not believe it.
T hey both worked in the army kitchens. From that moment on I would receive a call on Friday mornings. "Willy, what do you need this week?" They delivered my order promptly on Friday night and stayed for the weekend. We introduced them to the neighbours and had many a nice evening.
O ne weekend they went to Brussels for a change of scenery and came back with a doll for each of the girls, a bottle of cognac for Art and a box of chocolates for me.
T hey stayed in the area for about four months, and then were allowed to go home to Canada. For a long time we stayed in touch with them. They were the nicest young men to meet.
L ife was getting normal again. We had gas and electricity again and heat for the winter. Our only worry was: "No word from Indonesia yet".
[Editor] Chris Duke, Willy's Grandson, is currently searching for Andy and Perry so he can thank them personally. You can find his search in the "Information Searches" of Canadian Heroes, by clicking [HERE]
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