Canadian Armed Forces
John Gibson grew up near Halifax, Nova Scotia, in a Mi'kmaq family with sixteen brothers and sisters. At the age of twelve, he left home to earn $1.25 a day working on an apple farm in the Annapolis Valley. When he was fourteen years old, he joined the reserves of the West Nova Scotia Regiment.
Three years later, he transferred to the Royal Canadian Regiment. His last move took him to Ipperwash, near London, Ontario where he joined the 2nd Battalion of the Queen's Own Rifles. Sergeant Gibson served eight years in the army and performed two tours of duty in Korea.
On his first tour, he served 418 days on the front line, before he received a seven-day leave to Tokyo. Following the Korean War, John settled into civilian life and spent sixteen years as a horse driver for a paper mill in Halifax. He later became a baker focusing his attention on apple pies and cakes. For John living in Canada is a privilege, and he is thankful to have had the freedom to choose the life he wishes to lead.