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Canadian Army CA (Canadian Army)
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The First Canadian Army was a field army and the senior formation of the Canadian Army that served on the Western Front from July 1944 until May 1945 during the Second World War. The First Canadian Army was formed in early 1942, replacing the existing unnumbered Canadian Corps, as the growing number of Canadian forces in the United Kingdom necessitated an expansion to two corps. By the end of 1943 Canadian formations in the United Kingdom consisted of three infantry divisions, two armoured divisions, and two independent armoured brigades. The first commander was Lieutenant-General A.G.L. "Andy" McNaughton, who was replaced in 1944 by General H. D. G. "Harry" Crerar. Both had been senior artillery officers in the Canadian Corps in the Great War. Allied formations of other nationalities were added to the First Canadian Army to keep it at full strength
United Nations Command (UNC) United Nations Command (UNC)


Peacekeepers monitor and observe peace processes in post-conflict areas and assist ex-combatants in implementing the peace agreements they may have signed. Such assistance comes in many forms, including confidence-building measures, power-sharing arrangements, electoral support, strengthening the rule of law, and economic and social development. Accordingly, UN peacekeepers (often referred to as Blue Berets or Blue Helmets because of their light blue berets or helmets) can include soldiers, police officers, and civilian personnel.
Royal Canadian Horse Artillery Royal Canadian Horse Artillery


RCHA units are the senior units of the Canadian land field force, with a history dating back to the birth of Canada as a nation. 'A' and 'B' Batteries of Garrison Artillery were formed as the first units of Canada's permanent military force in 1871 in Kingston and Quebec City respectively, with a third ('C' Battery) authorized in 1883 and formed in 1887 in Esquimalt. These bore the name of the Regiment of Canadian Artillery, with the Royal Canadian Artillery being formed as the militia element in 1895. In 1905, to distinguish between the regular force and militia, the regulars were given the title Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. In addition to the three regiments currently serving, two further regiments have served in the past prior to being disbanded:

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UBIQUE
Gnr Levesque Urbain Joseph
Rank: Gunner
Service Number: C-850098
Born: Jun 08, 1920 Ottawa, Ontario
Discharged: Deceased

Served In: Korea , World War 2
Service: CA (Canadian Army)
Battle Group: United Nations Command (UNC)
Regiment: Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
Service Details :
2nd Field Regiment

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: At 10:40 a.m. on November 21, 1950, a westbound train carrying troops of the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery collided with an eastbound train (Vancouver to Montréal) just east of Canoe River, B.C. The engines and leading cars of both trains were derailed. The leading cars of the military train were thrown down an embankment and demolished. The injured soldiers were returned to Edmonton and the uninjured to Wainwright. Recovery of bodies was made extremely difficult due to an oil fire. Twelve soldiers were killed outright - including four whose bodies were never recovered - four more died aboard the relief train after leaving Canoe River, and one died in hospital 18 days after the accident. In addition, the engineers and firemen of both locomotives were killed, bringing the total number of dead to 21.
Enlisted: June 13, 1941 Ottawa, Ontario
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Deceased: November 21, 1950 at Canoe River, British Columbia
Cemetery *Grave Location Unknown* ,
Obituary: Son of Mr. Anthine and Mrs. Noella Lévesque of Ottawa, Ontario. Brother of Anthine, Ivan, Nelson, Mrs. O. McGregor and Mrs. L. Paton. In civilian life, Gunner Levesque was employed as a pipe layer with McLaughlin Brothers. A Memorial erected by the Korean Veterans Association, National Capital Unit, commemorating the 516 Canadians who died in the Korean War was unveiled and rededicated during Veterans Week 2003 at Ottawa City Hall Headquarters on Elgin Street.
 
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