Cpl. Thomas James Hamilton, left, Pte. Justin Peter Jones, centre, and Pte. John Michael Roy Curwin, right, all members of Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, based at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick, were killed by an improvised explosive device Saturday, in southern Afghanistan. (DND)
The Canadian military has identified three soldiers based at CFB Gagetown who were killed Saturday when their armoured vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan.
Cpl. Thomas James Hamilton, Pte. John Michael Roy Curwin and Pte. Justin Peter Jones, based at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick, were killed around 9 a.m. local time as they were responding to reports people were planting a suspicious object west of Kandahar city, Brig.-Gen. Denis Thompson told reporters in Kandahar Airfield.
Another soldier was injured and was transported to the hospital at the base, where he is in fair condition. The injured soldier's name was not released.
The three were members of Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, said Thompson, the commander of Task Force Kandahar.
Hamilton was on his third tour in Afghanistan, while Jones was originally from Newfoundland, Thompson said. Two of the men were parents — Curwin the father of three children, Hamilton the father of a daughter, Annabella.
"I would like to extend my personal condolences to the families and friends for these men and I look to all Canadians during this Christmas season to hold their memories dear," Thompson said."We share this moment of grief together today and think of these young men who were so full of life and full of promise." (CBC)
Three Canadian soldiers were killed and another was wounded Saturday when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan, the Canadian military said.
The soldiers were responding early Saturday to reports people were planting a suspicious object west of Kandahar city, the military said in a statement. The injured soldier was transported to the hospital at Kandahar airfield and is in fair condition.
The military is not releasing the soldiers' names until all the next of kin are notified, but close family members have been informed of their deaths...
May they rest in peace.