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Moisan, Walter

Nationality:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Unit:
No.8 Platoon, "A" Company, Le Régiment de la Chaudière, 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division (No.8 Platoon, "A" Company, Le Régiment de la Chaudière, 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division)
Recommendation:
On 6 June 1944 Lieutenant Moisan commanded a platoon of a coy ordered to advance from an assembly area in Bernières-sur-Mer to capture an 88mm gun battery position. The battery was protected by series of trenches and MG emplacements and an anti-tank gun covering the approaches from the beachhead. The presence of this gun made it impossible for our tanks supporting the coy to give adequate fire support to the infantry. Lieutenant Moisan commanded the leading platoon and despite lack of tank support he led his platoon to the gun position fifteen hundred yards inland. A few hundred yards from the gun position his forward section was pinned down by small arms fire from the trenches. This officer worked his way forward to his leading section and led them to a position some thirty yards from the gun, from where the gun was put out of action. An explosion took place in the enemy position which set fire to Lieutenant Moisan’s clothing. Although seriously burned this officer urged his men forward and his platoon succeeded in capturing the enemy position.
Throughout the action he displayed great devotion to duty and his personal courage was an inspiration to his men.

Supplement to the London Gazette, 31 August, 1944.
Military Cross (MC)

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