Andrew Joseph (Joe) Gauthier joined 1st Bn 48th Highlanders in September 1939. In early 1945 when 1st Battalion 48th Highlanders left Italy for Northwest Europe Sgt Joe Gauthier was the last remaining “39er” who had served in every action/battle with the Battalion in Sicily and Italy.
He was discharged at Toronto in June 1945, but re-enlisted in August 1950 into the Canadian Army (Special Force) and saw service in Korea with the 22e Régiment from April to December 1951. He subsequently served with the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (2RCR), with whom he qualified for the Canadian Parachute Badge in November 1952, and the 3rd Battalion. The Royal Canadian Regiment (3RCR), with whom he again served in Korea from February 1953 to February 1954 when that unit was designated as 1st Battalion of the newly formed Regiment of Canadian Guards. In November 1954, In November 1955 he left the Canadian Army (Regular). After Korea it was believed that he had volunteered to serve with the French in. Indochina but this was never confirmed.