Le­Moine’s medal from Korea

The Central Voice - - Editorial -

On the night of April 30, 1952, “B” Com­pany, 1st Bat­tal­ion, the Royal Cana­dian Reg­i­ment, pro­vided a fight­ing pa­trol of one of­fi­cer and 14 other ranks, none of whom had been on pa­trol be­fore. The ob­jec­tive of the pa­trol was a fea­ture known as Hill 113. When the pa­trol reached the foot of this hill, a firm base manned by Cpl. Don­ald Ge­orge Le­Moine and three men was es­tab­lished. The re­main­der of the pa­trol ad­vanced fol­low­ing crawl trenches. Some dis­tance up the fea­ture, the en­emy were en­coun­tered and the main part of the pa­trol came un­der heavy fire, which made it nec­es­sary to with­draw. This with­drawal was cov­ered from the firm base de­tach­ment un­der Cpl. Le­Moine, whose cool­ness un­der fire was an in­spi­ra­tion to his men.

As the main party with­drew through Cpl. Le­moine’s po­si­tion, one man who had been wounded in the stom­ach, col­lapsed. This non-com­mis­sioned of­fi­cer picked up the wounded sol­dier and car­ried him 300 yards to safety. At the same time, as his task as base com­man­der was com­pleted, he di­rected the with­drawal of his party, cov­er­ing it by throw­ing hand grenades.

Cpl. Un­doubt­edly saved the lived of a wounded com­rade and, by his lead­er­ship, courage, and cool­ness un­der fire, he in­spired the men un­der his command.

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