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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Goose Lane Editions; 1st edition (April 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864926480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864926487
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By huckleberry on April 18 2012
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Gerry Fostaty, AS YOU WERE,The Tragedy at Valcartier, Goose Lane, Fredericton, NB, 2011, 197 pages, Paperback, ISBN 978-0-86492-648-7 Non-Fiction $19.95

As You Were is the story of a deadly accident that could have been prevented, when young boys were killed and many others were badly wounded. The cause of the accident was glossed over, and the resulting human damage trivialized and ignored by military authorities for many years. On Tuesday, July 31, 1974, at approximately 1352 hours, six teenaged boys, all members of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets, 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 dummy ammunition, and its pin was pulled during a lecture on explosives safety. Gerry Fostaty, a witness to this tragedy, and author of this moving account, spent six years as an army cadet, climbing the ranks until he became an instructor. Leaving the cadets at 19, he became an actor, working on stage and in film and television for more than 20 years. He now works as a marketing manager at an information technology company. He lives in Aurora, Ontario. As You Were is his retelling of the Valcartier tragedy.
The Royal Canadian Army Cadets (RCAC) is a Canadian national youth program sponsored by the Canadian Forces and the civilian Army Cadet League of Canada. Administered by the Canadian Forces, the program is funded through the Department of National Defence with the civilian partner providing support in the local community. Recognized as Canada's oldest youth program, there are approximately 21,000 army cadets in about 450 corps across the country.
In the summer of 1974, Gerry Fostaty was an 18 year old Cadet Sergeant stationed at Valcartier, Quebec.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ajpasquini on March 30 2011
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I am familiar with one of the subjects of this book. I am glad that finally there has been written a logical note of what happened. We have many questions which need to be answered and many who were affected by the events. I am looking forward to participating with the author and trying to understand what happened in 1974 in Valcartier, Quebec, who has been affected and how can we today remedy the situation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By duke on June 8 2011
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This is an important book about a little known episode in recent Canadian history. Kudos to Gerry Fostaty for his courage and skill in telling this story, which is also his story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Macontario on May 24 2011
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Gerry Fostaty has written a book that is an enjoyable read due to his clear style and clear description of a major Canadian military tragedy that until recently was little known by most Canadians. He conveys the deep sense of injustice that followed the Valcartier incident by many of those directly involved and raises good questions about the handling of the incident. He not only describes in detail the incident and its lead up but also the aftermath and his deep personal involvement, as a young 18 year old Sargeant that day, comes across page after page. A highly recommended read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elaine on April 12 2011
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You have to read this book.
They were only kids and went through hell.
I have a brother who was there when the grenade exploded. He was injured with shrapnel in his arm and still to this day has some in him.
After reading this book I had nightmares, knowing what he went through but am glad the story was published.

I find it very disturbing that these cadets did not received compensation or pardon for what was done to their youth.
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