Canada in the Second World War

People

Romuald Ouellet

Romuald OUELLET was born August 18, 1920 in Rivière-du-Loup. He deceased on May 23, 2012
Son of Apollinaire Ouellet and Marie-Louise D’Amour-dit-Courberon
Married to Thérèse Dionne on September 16, 1950 (deceased May 31, 2000)
Father of André, Jean, Pierre and Manon

Known Norman origins
Paternal: His ancestor René Hoûallet was born about 1635 in the Ile-de-France (Paris) region. He was baptized in the Saint-Jacques du Haut Pas Church. René arrived in Nouvelle-France in 1663. On March 8, 1666, at the Notre Dame Church in Quebec City, he married Anne Rivest, originally from Saint-Gervais de Séez, (Basse-Normandie). Anne was a young widow, a “Daughter of the King”.

Education
Tenth of eleven children, Romuald Ouellet attended Primary and Secondary school between 1926 and 1936.

Military Service
Service Number: E-101025
Final rank: private
Romuald Ouellet enrolled as a volunteer in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942. Transferred to the Canadian Army, he departed for England on July 22, 1942 with the Voltigeurs de Quebec. He joined the Régiment de la Chaudière in September 1943. He took part in the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944 and returned to Québec on December 30, 1945. He continued to serve with the Régiment de la Chaudière until discharge on March 16, 1946.

Medals and Decorations
1939-45 Star
France – Germany Star
Defence Medal
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
War Medal (1939-45)

Before and After the War
Romuald Ouellet, starting at age 19, worked as an employee at a clothing store from January 1940 until January 1942. On his return from the War, he continued in this same employment until 1962. From 1962 to 1969, he managed a Men’s and Women’s clothing store in Trois-Pistoles, Quebec. In 1969, he became the owner of his own clothing store in Cacouna, Quebec. In 1975, he obtained the position of Assistant Postmaster with the Canadian Postal Service. He continued this employment until his retirement in 1985.

In 2007, as he was portrayed in an exhibition at the Juno Beach Centre, Romuald Ouellet declared:

I decided to enroll as a volunteer before I was called into active service. Naively, even though it was wartime, I didn’t believe I was actually leaving to enter combat. I was young. I travelled and I saw a lot of things that I would never have seen. I learned a lot.”