Saturday, October 31, 2009

Oh Canada: Sapper Steven Marshal gave all

Sapper Steven Marshall, 24, was killed while on foot patrol in Panjwai district in Kandahar province.

Sapper Steven Marshall(DND picture)

CEFCOM NR - 09.027 - October 30, 2009

OTTAWA – One Canadian soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device that detonated near his dismounted patrol approximately 10 km south-west of Kandahar City at approximately 4:30 p.m. Kandahar Time on 30 Oct 2009.

Sapper Steven Marshall

Sapper Steven Marshall

Killed in action was Sapper Steven Marshall, from the 1st Combat Engineering Regiment based in Edmonton, Alberta, serving as a member of the Task Force 3-09 Battle Group.

Sapper Marshall was conducting a foot patrol in the Panjwayi District when the incident happened. No other soldiers were injured in this incident.

We are all thinking of the family and friends of our fallen comrade during this sad time and our thoughts and prayers are with them. The commitment and sacrifice of our soldiers and their loved ones are helping to make a difference in the lives of the people of Kandahar Province. We will continue our mission as we remember the lives of our fallen soldiers.

Members of Task Force Afghanistan work with Afghan security forces for the greater good of Afghanistan. We remain focused and determined to bringing peace, stability and good governance despite the challenge imposed on us by the insurgents. We remain committed to Afghanistan. (DND here)

And from the CBC:

Sapper Steven Marshall, 24, from 11 Field Squadron, 1 Combat Engineer Regiment, based in Edmonton, was patrolling 10 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City in the Panjwai district when the bomb exploded, Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Vance said.

No other Canadians were injured.

"Steven will be remembered as the life of his section. He had an incredible sense of humour and a contagious grin that never left his face even in the most difficult of times," Vance said.

"He would embrace every situation and always found and shared that silver lining with his mates."

Marshall joined the army a little over two years ago, Vance said. He was deployed with the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group.

"Having arrived in the theatre of operations less than a week ago, he was eager to get out and begin making a difference," Vance said. (here)

RIP, Sapper. I thank God that men such as you live. Prayers go out to this hero's family and all who love him.

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