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Leon Armand Gauthier

In memory of:

Ordinary Seaman Leon Armand Gauthier

January 11, 1951

Military Service


Service Number:

11708-H

Age:

19

Force:

Navy

Unit:

Royal Canadian Navy

Division:

HMCS NOOTKA - RCN

Citation(s):

Korea Medal, United Nations Service Medal Korea

Additional Information


Born:

July 29, 1931
Toronto, Ontario

Enlistment:

December 31, 1949
Toronto, Ontario

Son of Herman Joseph and Edna (née Desgardine)Gauthier of Lakeview, Ontario. Brother of John Gerrard Joseph, Donald Gerald James, Lawrence Joseph Hector and half-brother Robert Arnold Joseph. Ordinary Seaman Gauthier is also commemorated on the Korean War Memorial at the Naval Museum of Alberta at HMCS Tecumseh in Calgary, Alberta and the Wall of Remembrance in Ottawa, Ontario.

Commemorated on the Wall of Remembrance.

Commemorated on Page 25 of the Korean War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

COMMONWEALTH MEMORIAL (BUSAN)
South Korea

Grave Reference:

N/A

Location:

The memorial is located in the United Nations Cemetery in Tanggok, a suburb of Busan. The stone memorial with bronze panels was erected to commemorate commonwealth soldiers who died and whose burial places are unknown. Twenty one Canadians are listed on the bronze plaques.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper Clipping– This picture, showing some of the ship's company of HMCS NOOTKA, including Ordinary Seaman L.A. Gauthier, appeared in the Toronto Star newspaper, at page 16, on January 11, 1951.  Ordinary Seaman Gauthier is in the centre row, third from the right (with his left forearm held across the front of his body).  By odd coincidence, this picture was published in the Star on the same day on which he died.  (Submitted by Navy League Cadet Corps CHAMBLY, Barrie, Ontario.)
  • Newspaper Clipping– This news report appeared in the Globe and Mail newspaper, at page 5, on January 13, 1951.  (Submitted by Navy League Cadet Corps CHAMBLY, Barrie, Ontario.)
  • Memorial– The Naval Museum of Alberta Society and the Calgary naval community erected a memorial dedicated to all Royal Canadian Navy sailors who served, and particularly to those who died, during the Korean War. The memorial was officially unveiled on 25 June 2000 by the Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta and the Chief of the Maritime Staff
  • Monument– Canadian Peacetime Sailors Monument in Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • Inscription on Commonwealth Memorial in South Korea
  • Memorial Plaque– Ordinary Seaman LEON ARMAND GAUTHIER is commemorated on this plaque at Canadian Peacetime Sailors Monument in Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • Memorial Plaque– Dedication Plaque, Canadian Peacetime Sailors Monument in Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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