A Canadian Korean War Pair to the Royal 22e Regiment
A Canadian Korean War Pair to the Royal 22e Regiment - Korea Medal (SD-4548 J.R.R. LEBEL); Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea; and United Nations Korea Medal. Naming is officially impressed on the KM, the others are un-named. Un-mounted, pinback on the UNKM, light contact, better than very fine. Accompanied by copies of his Service Records, Discharge Certificate, Department of Veteran Affairs Awards List and Notification of Death. Footnote: Joseph Rolland Romeo Lebel enlisted as a Private at No. 4 Personnel Depot in Montreal, Quebec, on September 7, 1950 and was allocated to the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps. From September 9, 1950 to February 28, 1951, he was placed at the Canadian Army Training School at St. Jean, Quebec, before being transferred to Valcartier with the Royal 22nd Regiment (Van Doos) on March 1st. After almost three months at Valcartier and having completed the Government Recruits Training Course, he was transferred to the Canadian Joint Air Training Centre at Rivers, Manitoba on May 23rd. It was at CJATC Rivers that he completed the Parachute Training Qualifications Course No. 90 (Airborne) and awarded the Canadian Parachute Badge on June 23rd. He returned to Valcartier on June 26th for five weeks, now with the 1st Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment, then posted to Fort Churchill, Manitoba for additional training, from August 4th to September 6th. He again returned to Valcartier for five weeks, from September 6th to October 9th, and was then posted to Quebec City for five weeks with the Royal 22nd Regiment. He returned to Fort Churchill for five weeks additional training on November 15th, before returning to Quebec City on December 18th. On April 8, 1952, he returned to Valcartier, now with the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment. It was here that he qualified under CAR Specs Leading Infantry Man, Group 1 and would prove to be his last stop before being sent to the Korean theatre. He was taken on strength at No. 11 Personnel Depot in Vancouver on September 27th, then was struck off strength to X-4 List, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps, embarking Canada for the Far East a week later, on October 3rd. Lebel arrived in Japan on October 5th and after four weeks orientation was sent to the Korean theatre, arriving there on November 3rd, taken on strength of the 1st Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment and awarded the Korea Medal in the field. By the Spring, he was struck off strength to X-5 List (2 CAU) on March 3, 1953, attending No. 81 Mortar Course at No. 2 Hara Mura Battle School, Japan, before rejoining the 1st Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment on April 10th, qualifying under CAT Specs as an Infantry Mortarman, Group 1 and drawing pay accordingly. He was struck off strength of the 1st Battalion to the 3rd Battalion on April 22nd, then was taken on strength to X-8 List (2 CAU) on October 24, 1953. After six months on the X-8 List, he embarked the Far East on October 30, 1953, disembarking in the United States on November 13th. The following week, Lebel was taken on strength from the Canadian Army Far East in Montreal on November 18th, where he was to remain before he was discharged on February 17, 1954, credited with having served in Canada and the Extreme Orient. He died on November 11, 2001.