Monday, December 20, 2010

Some Gave All: Cpl Steve Martin

Corporal Steve Martin, who died as a result of an improvised explosive device, in the Panjwai District on Saturday, Dec. 18. (DND Photo)

Cpl. Steve Martin, 24, from 3rd Battalion Royal 22e Regiment, was killed by an improvised explosive device, or IED, while on foot patrol early Saturday afternoon, local time.

He died two days before his 25th birthday.

Martin was serving with Parachute Company of the 1st Battalion Royal 22e Regiment battle group, based at CFB Valcartier, Quebec.

His company deployed to the volatile Panjwaii district last month.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the fallen soldier during this difficult time,” said Brig.-Gen. Dean Milner, commander of Canadian troops in Afghanistan.

“We will not forget the sacrifice of this soldier as we continue to bring security and hope to the people of Kandahar province.”

Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a written statement on behalf of all Canadians extending his deepest sympathies to Martin’s family and friends.

“Cpl. Martin was a brave Canadian who made the ultimate sacrifice while proudly serving his country,” the statement said.

“Thanks to Canadian Forces members like him, we continue to make real progress in Afghanistan, rebuilding the country and contributing to the peace and security of its people.”

Governor General David Johnston also issued a statement offering his deepest sympathies to Cpl. Martin’s loved ones.

“Cpl. Martin displayed an admirable sense of duty to Canada, bringing great pride to his unit and to the Forces as a whole,” he wrote....(TheRecord here)

As a member of the famed Van Doos, Cpl Martin was part of the last Canadian battle group to fight in Afghanistan. When their tour ends in July, Canada’s combat mission switches to a three-year “inside-the-wire” training role near Kabul in the relatively safer north of the country.

Corporal Martin was an extraordinary Canadian who will always be remembered for the ultimate sacrifice he paid for this nation,” Defence Minister Peter MacKay said in a statement.

Cpl. Steve Martin: Always remembered and honoured.

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