LeMoine’s medal from Korea
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.