A Canadian Order of Military Merit Group to Adjutant Joseph Gaudreault,; Royal 22nd Regiment (Van Doos)
Group of Five, Corporal/Adjutant Joseph Jean Gaudiose Michel Gaudreault, C.D., Royal 22nd Regiment (Van Doos) - Order of Military Merit, Member (MMM); Special Service Medal, 1 Clasp - NATO+OTAN; Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal; United Nations Force in Cyprus Medal - UNIFICYP (1964- ); and Canadian Forces' Decoration, ERII (CPL J J GAUDREAULT). MMM is numbered "790" on the edge of the lower arm, naming is officially engraved on the rim of the CFD. Court-mounted, dual push pins on the reverse, original ribbons, light contact, extremely fine. Accompanied by the award document for the MMM (named to "Adjudant (Adjutant) Michel Gaudreault, C.D.", signed by Governor-General Edward Schreyer, embossed Order of Military Merit seal, dated June 13, 1983, 380 mm x 482 mm) and copies of his Service Records. Footnote: Joseph Jean Gaudiose Michel Gaudreault enlisted with the Royal 22nd Regiment as a Private, at No. 3 Personnel Depot in Quebec City, Quebec, on December 28, 1961. Nine days later, he was posted to the Royal 22nd Regiment Depot in Quebec City on January 6, 1962, then transferred to Valcartier on June 5th. He was re-mustered from Standard Group to Leading Infantryman Group 1 on December 28th, awarded his first Good Conduct Badge one year later, on December 28, 1963, followed three days later by a re-classification to Infantryman Group 1 and Qualified Infantryman Group 2 on January 1, 1964. Gaudreault saw his first overseas service, as he was posted to Cyprus, embarking Canada on March 18, 1964 and disembarking in Cyprus the next day. He was awarded the United Nations UNIFICYP Medal for his Cyprus service on August 31st and after almost six months in Cyprus, returned to Canada on October 3rd. He returned to Valcartier, where he re-engaged for three years service on December 28, 1964. He began attending the Basis Parachutist Course on November 8, 1965 and was awarded his Canadian Parachutist Badge on December 3rd. One year later, he was awarded his second Good Conduct Badge on December 28, 1966. Early in 1967, Gaudreault was attached for D & D for eight months to the Tattoo on February 12, 1967, until October 13th, then moved to Courcelette, Quebec. A little over a month later, he was posted to Central Europe at Soest, West Germany on November 18th, where he also re-engaged for three years service on December 28th. While in West Germany, he qualified as a Corporal on May 31, 1968 was promoted accordingly, before returning to Valcartier in August 1971. Gaudreault returned to Central Europe for a second tour of duty in Germany, stationed at the Canadian Forces Base at Lahr for three and a half months, from May 15 to August 31, 1972. He successfully completed the Technical Adminstration Course QL6B on May 14, 1980 and twice attended the Combat Training Centre Headquarters at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, New Brunswick (June 26, 1985 and July 2, 1986), as well as the Infantry School at Gagetown (July 3, 1986). Gaudreault was awarded the Order of Military Merit, Member (MMM) as an Adjutant on June 13, 1983 and retired from the Royal 22nd Regiment (Canadian Army) on June 15, 1989.