A funeral was held in St-Cyrille in St-Cyrille-de-Wendover on Wednesday for Cpl. Steve Martin. This young soldier, just two days shy of his 25th birthday was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on December 19. He was the 154th soldier in Afghanistan since Canada’s mission started there in 2002.
The Panjwaii district in Kandahar where the incident occurred had fallen back under Taliban control and the coalition had only managed to secure it again recently. NATO forces are building a road through the region, a key part of their offensive and Martin was patrolling near the construction project.
Martin is the first combat casualty since Cpl. Brian Pinksen died of wounds in hospital on Aug. 26. Pinksen was also caught in a roadside bombing.
He was serving with the Royal 22e Regiment, also known as the Van Doos, based out of CFB Valcartier, Que. He joined the Canadian Forces in October 2005 and was serving on his third mission, his second in Afghanistan. He had been deployed in Haiti earlier this year as part of Canada’s aid efforts following the earthquake in the Caribbean country in January.
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