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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.

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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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Korea, 1951–1953
Pte Boudreau Joseph Victorin
Rank: Private
Service Number: SD802092
Born: Sep 29, 1928 Pointe Verte, New Brunswick
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Korea
Service: CA (Canadian Army)
Battle Group: United Nations Command (UNC)
Regiment: Royal 22e Regiment, R.C.I.C.
Event: Battle for Hill 355 (1951)
Korea South Korea
Event Date: November 22 - 25, 1951

Hill 355, known as "Little Gibraltar", had been the scene of bitter fighting since the area was first occupied during Operation Commando in October 1951. The most notable Canadian action had been the defence by the 2nd R22eR of the positions on the Hill 227 saddle, on November 22-25. Since early September 1952 the Royal Canadian Regiment had guarded the Hill. Five company areas lay within its boundaries.

The enemy prepared for the attack with a heavy bombardment for the first three days of October, primarily on Area II which lay immediately east of the saddle between Hill 355 and Hill 227. Between October 17 and 22, the bombardment was renewed. Consequently, when "B" Company took over the area on October 22, it found the defences badly damaged, telephone wires cut and weapon pits caved in. Enemy shelling made effective work on defences and lines of communication impossible.

Shortly after six o'clock on October 23, the enemy put down another heavy artillery concentration – and then attacked. Under heavy attack and with communications cut off, "B" Company withdrew to "A" Company's area. The battalion commander ordered tank and mortar fire on the lost areas as well as on Hill 227, on the area west of Hill 355 and on the valley to the north. He then called for a counter-attack. The counter-attack by "D" Company went in toward midnight. The left-hand platoon encountered considerable resistance and suffered some casualties, but succeeded in reoccupying the position.

The divisional front was relatively quiet for the remaining days of the brigade's tour of duty. Thus ended one of the brigade's most difficult periods of the war, and certainly its most costly – in less than three months the RCR had suffered 191 casualties, the PPCLI 18, and the R22eR 74.
Service Details :

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: Battle for Hill 355-Korea: 22-25 Nov 1951: On 21 November 1951, the 2nd Battalion, Le Royal 22e Régiment (the Van Doos) relieved the King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Days before, on 4 November, D Company of the Van Doos held ground on a low saddle between Hill 355, which was occupied by the Americans, on its right and Hill 277, which was unocuppied, on its left. At 3:00 p.m. on 22 November, the Chinese commenced an intense bombardment of Hill 355 and the position of the 2nd Battalion. The D Company trenches were under particularly heavy attack. Shells and rockets fell on the position throughout the night. Rain changed to snow, creating extremely difficult conditions for the engineers trying to keep the supply routes, mere dirt tracks, open into the beleaguered companies. On 23 November, the bombardment of shells and rockets intensified, creating a situation that might be described as "hell on earth." Late in the day, the Chinese launched an assault on Hill 355 and two companies assaulted D Company from the left flank. A fierce battle ensued. Platoons were forced to tighten in on each other, but, at the end of the day, they had held their ground. Hill 277, unoccupied, fell to the Chinese, and the Americans withdrew from Hill 355.
Enlisted: September 30, 1950 Montreal, Québec
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Deceased: November 24, 1951 at South Korea
Cemetery UNITED NATIONS Cemetery Busan, Korea
Marker: Plot 20, Row 9, Grave 1214
Obituary: Son of Alphonse and Ida Boudreau de Pointe Verte, New Brunswick. Brother of siblings Florian, Norbert, Donia and Blondine.
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