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Military cadets still want apology 37 years after explosion
Dozens of military cadets injured at CFB Valcartier in 1974 are fighting for compension, and a formal apology, 37 years after a grenade went off in a classroom.
The blast killed six cadets and injured 54 others, and the survivors did not talk about the incident until a reunion two years ago.
That sparked a book by Gerry Fostaty and several others, and a movement for an official apology.
A horrible oversight
In July 1974 a room full of 14 and 15-year-old boys were attending a lecture on ammunition.
Eric Maura and John Hannon were in the classroom, and they were told the box of M-61 hand grenades at the front of the class was not live ammunition.
The difference was easy to spot.
"Dummies are supposed to be all blue," Hannon said. "A real ammunition, grenade or mortar live ammunition is green."
One of the grenades in the box was green.
"I clearly saw a live grenade," said Maura. "I didn't realize it was live at the time but it was different than the rest being pulled out."
Some cadets questioned how the green grenade got in the box but no one seemed worried, and one cadet asked how it worked.
Then he pulled the pin.
"He had it in between his legs and basically when the thing went off if he took a good impact himself," said Hannon. "I think Eric did save a few lives. God bless his soul."
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