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the Royal 22e Régiment, CASF, embarked for Great Britain on 9 December 1939. The regiment landed in Sicily on 10 July 1943 and in Italy on 3 September 1943 as part of 3rd Brigade, 1st Canadian Infantry Division. On 16 March 1945, the regiment moved with the 1st Canadian Corps as part of OPERATION GOLDFLAKE to North-West Europe, where it fought until the end of the war.

United Nations Operations – Korea

Three battalions of the Royal 22e Régiment served in the Republic of Korea as part of the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade Group, 1st Commonwealth Division. The 2nd Battalion was the first to arrive in Korea, serving there from 4 May 1951 to 24 April 1952, followed by the 1st Battalion from 20 April 1952 to 21 April 1953 then the 3rd Battalion from 16 April 1953 to the Armistice on 27 July 1953).

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Landing in Sicily * Valguarnera * Adrano * Catenuova * Sicily, 1943 * Landing at Reggio * Potenza * The Sangro * Casa Berardi * Torre Mucchio * Cassino Ii * Gustav Line * Liri Valley * Hitler Line * Gothic Line * Borgo Santa Maria * Lamone Crossing * Rimini Line * San Martino–San Lorenzo * San Fortunato * Cesena * Italy, 1943–1945 * Apeldoorn * North-West Europe, 1945

Korea, 1951–1953
Cpl Ladouceur Joseph Gaston Maurice
Rank: Corporal Cpl
Service Number: SD-4552
Born: Aug 08, 1930 St. Jovite, Québec
Discharged: Missing In Action

Served In: Korea
Service: CA (Canadian Army)
Battle Group: United Nations Command (UNC)
Regiment: Royal 22e Regiment, R.C.I.C.
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In a number of countries, a servicemember's name must be mentioned in dispatches as a condition for receiving certain decorations.
Service Details :
Corporal Ladouceur was leading a patrol forward of the wire that surrounded his company's position. He ordered his men to withdraw when a considerably larger enemy patrol threatened them, himself staying behind. He was seized by the enemy in an audible struggle. When a fighting patrol was sent to rescue him, he yelled a warning to his comrades not to come closer, that he had been captured and the enemy had set up an ambush. After an enormous firefight a daylight patrol found his identification tags, one of the gym shoes he had been wearing and signs that somebody had been dragged through the foliage.

United Nations Service Medal Korea
The medal was earned for serving one day under United Nations' command in Korea or adjacent areas, including Japan and Okinawa. The medal could also be awarded for an aggregate of thirty days, which need not have been consecutive, spent on official visits of inspection to the qualifying area. The qualifying period was 27 June 1950 to 27 July 1954 (one year longer than for the Canadian Korean War Medal).
Canadian Korea Medal
Awarded to Canadian military personnel for one day on the strength of an army unit in Korea; or 28 days afloat; or one sortie over Korea by a member of the RCAF , 02 July 1950 - 27 July 1953.
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea
A former member of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army or the Royal Canadian Air Force is eligible to be awarded the medal where the member: 1. was in the Canadian armed forces during all or part of the period from 27 June 1950 to 27 July 1954: 2. was in the qualifying area (defined as Korea and the adjacent areas, including Japan, Okinawa and Korean waters); and 3. during the period referred to in (a), 1. was on the strength of an army unit or formation in Korea for at least one day; 2. was on active service for at least 28 days on a ship or craft engaged in operations in the qualifying area; 3. flew one sortie over Korea or over Korean waters in the Yellow Sea or Sea of Japan, or: 4. accumulated at least 28 days service in the qualifying area.The medal may be awarded posthumously. There is no bar to this medal.

Service Notes: (As told by Joseph Ganin) : (The death of Lance-Corporal Maurice Ladouceur, September 1952) This is a guy from the 2nd (Battalion) who contracted a minor illness. They kept him there. He had to stay. The 2nd left (to go back to Canada) and they kept him there (transferred him to the 1st Battalion). They sent him back to the front and we were attacked. He had gone out (on a patrol), to an outpost. They sent him out on the frontline. In my opinion, they never should have done that, he had done his time. Anyway, he was at the outpost, I think Ladouceur was his name, but I’m not certain (Maurice Joseph Gaston Ladouceur from Saint-Jovite, disappeared, presumed dead, September 6, 1952). We had an electrical minefield and we were being attacked from the side of the minefield. So we decided to go get them out of there. It was only supposed to be one patrol. Because there was a platoon in front of us and that’s where the action was taking place, so we approached from the side. When we arrived at the opening of the trail that was cleared, which we knew was cleared, he yelled out to us, "It’s an ambush!" In other words, it was a trap. So we withdrew. The next day, we went back, during the day. He was gone and we never heard from him again. He never came back with the prisoners and that bothered me.
Enlisted: September 9, 1950 Montreal, Québec
Pre/Post War: Corporal Ladouceur was awarded a Mentioned in Despatches for bravery and devotion to duty

Deceased: September 06, 1952 at South Korea
Cemetery COMMONWEALTH Memorial (BUSAN) Busan, Korea
Obituary: Son of Armand and Malvina (née Denoyer) Ladouceur of Pte. St. Charles, Quebec. Brother of Jean Paul, Raymond, Alban, Albert, Geraldine Nadeau, Gisele Moreau, Jeannine Vallières et Thérèse Raymond.
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