A continuation of the previous post. Canada has lost 152 soldiers and service people and a Canadian diplomat in the war in Afghanistan. Have a name I’ve missed or a correction to give me? Please let me know…
Master Corporal Chris Stannix, 24, from Dartmouth, died in April of 2007 with six other soldiers in what became the deadliest day of the war for Canadian troops to that point.
Master Corporal Allan Stewart, 31, was the father of two daughters, and was killed near Kandahar by a roadside bomb in April, 2007.
Trooper Patrick Pentland was 23 when he was killed by the same bomb. He was from Geary, New Brunswick.
Master Corporal Anthony Klumpenhouwer, from Listowel, Ont was 25 years old when he fell from a communications tower in April, 2007. He was a member of the Special Forces team, and was honoured with a secret ramp ceremony in Kandahar.
Corporal Matthew McCully, 25, was killed while on foot patrol by an IED in May, 2007. Another soldier on the scene was wounded. Matt stepped on a landmine.
Master Corporal Darryl Priede, 30, was killed in the crash of a Chinook helicopter that was reportedly hit by rocket propelled grenades in May, 2007. He was a combat photographer from Burlington, Ontario.
Trooper Darryl Caswell, 25, was killed in June, 2007 by a roadside bomb north of Kandahar. He was from Bowmanville, Ontario.
Sgt. Christos Karigiannis, 31, Lavalle, QC, was killed by a roadside bomb with two other soldiers in Panjwaii province, while travelling in a convoy in June, 2007.
Cpl. Stephen Bouzane, 26 of Scarborough was killed in the same June, 2007 incident. Though he was born in Newfoundland, flags were dropped to half-mast at City Hall in Toronto in his, and the other soldiers’ honour.
Pvt. Joel Wiebe, 22, of Edmonton was also killed in the roadside blast in June, 2007. The three soldiers were due to finish their tours in August.
Captain Matthew Dawe, 27, from Kingston Ontario, left his wife and son when he was killed by a roadside bomb with six other Canadian soldiers, in July, 2007.
Corporal Jordan Anderson, 25, from Iqaliuit, Nunuvet, was also killed in the July, 2007 blast. Along with the soldiers, an Afghan interpreter also died.
Corporal Cole Bartsch, 23, was from Whitecourt Alberta. He died on this same mission in July, 2007.
Pvt. Lane Watkins, from Clearwater, Manitoba, died alongside the other men. He was 20 years old and a twin.
Captain Jeff Francis was from Halifax. He was 37 years old when he died in the blast on that July day, leaving behind a wife and a son.
Master Corporal Colin Bason was from Abbotsford, BC. He left behind a wife and a son when he died that day on Afghan soil. He was 28 years old.
Private Simon Longtin, 23, was from Longueuil, QC. He died in August, 2007, when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb near the village of Masum Ghar.
Master Warrant Officer Mario Mercier, 43, died with another soldier after hitting a roadside bomb in August of 2007. He left behind three children, the youngest nine years old.
My son just woke up. I had to stop doing this to hug him. Why not stop reading here, and hug someone you love? But please come back to read the rest…
Master Corporal Christian Duchesne, 34, was a medic from Montreal. He died in the August roadside bombing with Mario. And he left 3 daughters behind, whom he will never hug again.
On August 29th, 2007, Major Ray Ruckpaul, 42, was found dead in his tent of what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Another battle-related casualty, forever missed by his children and wife.
Cpl. Nathan Hornburg, 24, and from my own hometown of Calgary, Alberta. He died while repairing a tank under mortar fire in September of 2007.
Cpl Nicolas Beauchamp, 28, of Sainte-Hyacynthe, QC, was kllled by an IED in Panjwaii province in November, 2007. He leaves behind a daughter and a son. His wife is a medical tech with the armed forces.
Pvt Michel Levesque, 25, died in the same November Panjwaii blast. His fiance was pregnant at the time of his death. He was from Rivier-Rouge, Quebec.
Gunner Jonathan Dion, 27, was from Val D’Or, QC. He died when his LAV struck an Improvised Explosive Device in December, 2007. He was the last Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan that year.
Warrant Officer Hani Massouh, 41, born in Alexandria, Egypt. Was killed with Eric when their LAV rolled over in Zahri, Afghanistan in January, 2008. He left behind a daughter when he died, fighting for his adopted country.
Cpl Eric Labbé, from Rimouski, QC was killed in the same roll-over accident in January, 2008. He was 31 years old.
Trooper Richard Renaud, 26, from Alma, QC, was killed in January, 2008 when his vehicle rolled over an IED. He left a wife and two children behind.
Cpl Etienne Gonthier, from Quebec City, was killed by a roadside bomb during a road clearance exercise in January, 2008. He was 21 years old.
Trooper Michael Yuki Hayakaze, 25, from Edmonton, was killed during a convoy west of Kandahar when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in March, 2008.
Bombardier Jérémie Ouellet was found dead in his room in March, 2008, of undetermined causes. His death is under investigation by the major crimes unit of the military police. He was 22 years old.
Sgt. Jason Boyes, from Napanee, died from injuries sustained on foot patrol shortly after he arrived in Afghanistan in March, 2008. At 32 years old, he left behind a wife and daughter.
Private Terry John Street, 24, from Gatineau, QC, died when his vehicle struck an IED in April of 2008 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province.
Cpl Michael Starker, 36, from Calgary, died in an ambush and firefight while on foot patrol in the Pashmui region of Afghanistan in May, 2008.
Captain Richard Leary, 32, from Brandford, ON, was killed in June, 2008 in a firefight in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province.
Captain Jonathan Snyder, 26, from Penticton, BC died when he fell into a well on night patrol in the Zahri district in June, 2008.
Cpl. Brendan Downey, of Saskatoon, died in the UAE in July, at Camp Mirage, a secret training facility. Brendan joined the armed forces on September 11, 2001, and leaves behind a wife [also in the military] and two children.
Pvt. Colin Wilmot, 24, died when an IED exploded when he was on patrol in July, 2008. He was raised in Fredericton, NB, and though not due to be on rotation, asked to be sent to Afghanistan.
Cpl Jim Arnal, 25, died while on foot patrol as a result of an IED. He was from Winnipeg, and an avid outdoorsman.
Master Corporal Josh Roberts, 29, of Saskatoon, died after a firefight. A military investigation indicated he was shot by enemy fire.
Master Cpl. Erin Doyle, from Kamloops, left behind a daughter when he was killed after being attacked at a Canadian combat outpost by RPGs.
Sgt. Shawn Eades, of Hamilton, died at 33 with three others when their truck hit an IED in August of 2008. He left behind 2 daughters.
Cpl. Dustin Wasden, 25, from Spiritwood, Saskatchewan, also died in the same August IED event in southern Afghanistan.
Sapper Stephan Stock, 25, was from Campbell River, BC. He died with Dustin and Shawn in August, as a result of an IED explosion.
Cpl Andrew Paul Grenon died at 23 in a firefight in September, 2008 while on patrol. He was from Windsor, Ontario.
Cpl. Michael Seggie, 21, Winnipeg, died in the same firefight that killed Andrew and Chadwick in the Zhari district.
Pvt. Chadwick Horn, 21, Calgary also died in the Zhari firefight. Five other soldiers were wounded. The picture [at the link] of these three young faces, now dead, is very hard to look at.
Sgt. Scott Shipway, 36, born in England, but raised in Esterhazy, SK. Scott died as a result of the explosion of a roadside bomb in September, 2008. He left behind a young daughter and son.
Warrant Officer Robert Wilson, 38 died when an IED exploded under his vehicle in December of 2008. He was from Keswick, Ontario.
Cpl Mark McLaren, from Peterbrorough was 23 when he died as a result of the IED that exploded under his vehicle — the same explosion that killed Robert Wilson and Demetrios Diplaros.
Private Demetrios Diplaros, was killed by a large IED that exploded, also taking the lives of Robert and Mark.
Author’s note here — it’s now after 3 pm — this has taken most of the day. Will put up the remaining post soon. It’s been very hard to read about the lives of each of these soldiers, now gone from us. But look around you — these are your brothers and sisters, your parents, your children.
As always, war is a part of life, even when we don’t see it outside our front door.