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God on high
Hear my prayer
In my need
You have always

been there

He is young
He's afraid
Let him rest
Heaven blessed.
Bring him home
Bring him home
Bring him home.

He's like the son

I might have known
If God had granted

me a son.
The summers die
One by one
How soon they fly
On and on
And I am old
And will be gone.

Bring him peace
Bring him joy
He is young
He is only a boy.

You can take
You can give
Let him be
Let him live.
If I die, let me die
Let him live,

bring him home
Bring him home
Bring him home.

 

G.F.McCauley - FAITH OF OUR FATHERS - linked to the publisher

 

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Fallen in 2006

 

Diplomat Glyn Berry

January 15, 2006: Diplomat Glyn Berry was killed and three soldiers injured by a suicide bomber in Kandahar. They were patrolling in a G Wagon.

 

Cpl. Paul Davis

March 2, 2006 Cpl. Paul Davis died and six others were injured when their LAV III collided with a civilian taxi just west of Kandahar during a routine patrol. The soldiers were with the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.

Master Cpl. Timothy Wilson

March 5, 2006: Master Cpl. Timothy Wilson of Grande Prairie, Alta., succumbed to injuries suffered in the LAV III crash on March 2 in Afghanistan. Wilson died in hospital in Germany.

Pte. Robert Costall

March 28-29, 2006: Pte. Robert Costall was killed in a firefight with Taliban insurgents in the desert north of Kandahar. A U.S. soldier and a number of Afghan troops also died and three Canadians were wounded. Costall was a member of 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton.

Cpl. Matthew Dinning Bombardier Myles Mansell Lieut. William Turner Cpl. Randy Payne

April 22, 2006: Four soldiers were killed when their armoured vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb near Gombad, north of Kandahar. They were Cpl. Matthew Dinning, stationed at Petawawa, Ont.; Bombardier Myles Mansell, based in Victoria; Lieut. William Turner, stationed in Edmonton, and Cpl. Randy Payne of CFB Wainwright, Alta.

Capt. Nichola Goddard

May 17, 2006: Capt. Nichola Goddard, a combat engineer with the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery and Canadas first female combat death, killed during battle against Taliban forces in the Panjwai region, 24 kilometres west of Kandahar.

Cpl. Anthony Joseph BonecaJuly 9, 2006: Cpl. Anthony Joseph Boneca, a reservist, with the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment based in Thunder Bay, Ont., was killed as Canadian military and Afghan security forces were pushing through an area west of Kandahar City that had been a hotbed of Taliban activity.

Cpl. Francisco Gomez Cpl. Jason Patrick Warren

July 22, 2006: A suicide bomber blows himself up in Kandahar, killing two Canadian soldiers and wounded eight more. Cpl. Francisco Gomez, an anti-armour specialist from the Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry in Edmonton, was driving the Bison armoured vehicle targeted by the bombers vehicle. Cpl. Jason Patrick Warren of the Black Watch in Montreal was riding in the vehicle.

Cpl. Christopher Jonathan Reid Sgt. Vaughn Ingram Cpl. Bryce Jeffrey Keller

Pte. Kevin DallaireAugust 3, 2006: Cpl. Christopher Jonathan Reid, with the 1st Battalion of the Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, died overnight when a Canadian Light Armoured Vehicle, or LAV-3, was struck by a roadside bomb. Later the same say, three more Canadian soldiers were killed during a separate attack with rocket propelled grenades near Kandahar city. According to a DND website late Thursday, Sgt. Vaughn Ingram of the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, and Cpl. Bryce Jeffrey Keller of the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry were also killed. The fourth dead soldier was Pte. Kevin Dallaire. Several other Canadian soldiers were injured in the attack. 

Master Cpl. Raymond ArndtAugust 5, 2006: Master Cpl. Raymond Arndt, of the Edmonton-based Loyal Edmonton Regiment, was killed Aug. 5 when a G-Wagon making a supply run collided with a civilian truck.

Master Cpl. Jeffrey Scott WalshAugust 9, 2006: Master Cpl. Jeffrey Scott Walsh, based out of Shilo, Man. with the second batallion of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, was conducting routine operations along Highway One near the Zhari district centre, about 20 kilometres west of Kandahar city was he was shot in a weapons related accident unrelated to enemy fire about noon Wednesday, just days after arriving in Kandahar to begin his tour of duty.

Cpl. Andrew James EykelenboomAugust 11, 2006: Cpl. Andrew James Eykelenboom with the 1st Field Ambulance based in Edmonton, was killed when his vehicle was hit by a suicide bomber.

 

Cpl. David BraunAugust 22, 2006: Cpl. David Braun, a recently arrived soldier with the second battalion of the Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry, was killed by a suicide bomber outside the gates of Camp Nathan Smith in Kandahar City. The soldier, in his 20s, was a native of Raymore, Sask. Three other Canadian soldiers were injured in the afternoon attack.

Warrant Officer Richard Francis Nolan Warrant Officer Frank Robert Mellish Sergeant Shane StachnikPte. William Jonathan James Cushley

September 3, 2006: WO Richard Francis Nolan WO Frank Robert Mellish, Sgt. Shane Stachnik, and Pte. William Jonathan James Cushley, all based at CFB Petawawa, west of Ottawa, were among four soldiers killed in fierce fighting in southern Afghanistan. Several more soldiers were wounded.

Pte. Mark Anthony GrahamSeptember 4, 2006Pte. Mark Anthony Graham, a member of 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, based at CFB Petawawa, Ont., killed and dozens of others wounded in a friendly fire incident involving an American A-10 Warthog aircraft.

Cpl. Shane Keating Cpl. Keith Morley Pte. David Byers Cpl. Glen Arnold

September 18, 2006: Four soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber riding a bicycle detonated explosives in the Panjwai area. Cpl. Shane Keating, Cpl. Keith Morley and Pte. David Byers, 22, all members of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry from Shilo, Man and Cpl. Glen Arnold, a member of the 2 Field Ambulance, from Petawawa, Ont. were killed in the attack that wounded several others.

Pte. Josh KlukieSeptember 29, 2006: Pte. Josh Klukie was killed by an improvised explosive device, while he was conducting a foot patrol in the Panjwaii district in Kandahar province.

 

Sgt. Craig Gillam Cpl. Robert MitchellOctober 3, 2006: Sgt. Craig Gillam and Cpl. Robert Mitchell of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, based in Petawawa, Ont., killed in series of mortar, rocket attacks just west of Kandahar city

Trooper Mark Andrew WilsonOctober 7, 2006: Trooper Mark Andrew Wilson of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, based in Petawawa, Ont., was killed when his armoured vehicle was hit by a roadside explosion in the Panjwaii district.

Sgt. Darcy Tedford Pte. Blake WilliamsonOctober 14, 2006: A storm of gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades killed Sgt. Darcy Tedford of Charles Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, based in Petawawa, Ont. and Pte. Blake Williamson, also based in Petawawa, in southern Afghanistan. Three others are expected to recover from their wounds.

Chief WO Albert Storm Sgt. Maj. Bob Girouard

November 27, 2006: Two Canadian soldiers, Chief WO Albert Storm and Sgt. Maj. Bob Girouard, were killed on the outskirts of Kandahar on Monday when a suicide car bomber attacked a convoy of military vehicles. The soldiers were members of the Royal Canadian Regiment based in Petawawa, Ont. They were in an armoured personnel carrier that had just left the Kandahar Airfield base when a vehicle drove up to it and detonated explosives.

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Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord.

And let light perpetual shine upon them.

May their souls,

and the souls of all the departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Amen

 

For the Armed Forces

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

For Peace

O God, it is your will to hold both heaven and earth in a single peace.  Let the design of your great love shine on the waste of our wraths and sorrows, and give peace to your Church, peach among nations, peace in our homes, and peace in our hearts; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

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