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    5 French soldiers killed by bomb blast

    Five French soldiers have been killed in a bombing in Kapisa province, eastern Afghanistan today 13th July 2011. Four other French soldiers were seriously injured in the attack.

    The French troops were guarding a meeting of local leaders in Joybar village when a terrorist detonated a bomb nearby.

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    12 July 2011

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Lance Cpl. Robert S. Greniger, 21, of Greenfield, Minn., died July 12 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
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    12 July 2011

    20-year-old US Navy Corpsman Aaron Ullom, from Midland, Michigan, was killed in action on 12th July 2011 in Afghanistan. He was serving alongside a US Marine unit which came under insurgent fire.

    His mother, Debi Bartley-Ullom, told a local TV news station that her son enlisted in the Navy after a recruiter visited his school. She says he was on his first deployment in Afghanistan.

    Corpsman Ullom was a 2009 graduate of Midland High School, where he played football and ran track.

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    French Paratroop Warrant Officer Jean-Marc Gueniat, age 37, was one of five French soldiers killed on 13th July 2011 while attending a meeting with village elders in the village of Joybar, Kapisa province. They were all killed when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb.

    WO Gueniat served with the 17th Parachute Engineer Regiment. He joined the Regiment in April 1994 and during his military career served in the Central African Republic, former Yugoslavia, New Caledonia and Ivory Coast.

    He deployed to Afghanistan in May this year with the Lafayette Task Force, Battle Group Raptor.

    WO Gueniat leaves his wife and two children.



    French Master Corporal Sébastien Vermeille, age 31, was one of five French soldiers killed on 13th July 2011 while attending a meeting with village elders in the village of Joybar, Kapisa province. They were all killed when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb.

    M-Cpl. Vermeille was a broadcasting operator with the SIRPA Army of Lyon which he joined in 2009. Prior to that he served with the 1st Regiment of Marines in Angoulême. He had previously served in Ivory Coast, Djibouti, New Caledonia, Chad and Kosovo. He deployed to Afghanistan in May this year with Lafayette Task Force, Battle Group Raptor.

    M-Cpl. Vermeille leaves behind his wife and two children.



    French Army Warrant Officer Emmanuel Techer, age 38, was one of five French soldiers killed on 13th July 2011 while attending a meeting with village elders in the village of Joybar, Kapisa province. They were all killed when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb.

    WO Techer, served with the 17th Parachute Engineer Regiment. In January 1993 he was admitted to the School of NCOs. Appointed sergeant in 1994, he joined the 17th Engineer Regiment Paratrooper (RGP) of Monta

    Until 2007, WO Techer was a technical trainer at the Commando Training Centre in Givet. He later rejoined 17th RGP where he commanded the 2nd Company. During his career, he had deployed on combat missions to Chad (1994 and 2008), Yugoslavia (1995 and 1996), Senegal (1998), Kosovo (1998), New Caledonia (2004). He deployed to Afghanistan in May this year.

    WO Techer was awarded the Medal with Overseas clasp Chad, the gold medal of National Defence, with staples Airborne troops, foreign aid and Mission Engineering, the medal of recognition of the nation, the French Commemorative Medal Button former Yugoslavia. He leaves behind his wife.



    French Army Warrant Officer Laurent Marsol, age 35, was one of five French soldiers killed on 13th July 2011 while attending a meeting with village elders in the village of Joybar, Kapisa province. They were all killed when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb.

    WO Marsol, served with the 1st Parachute Regiment (Chasseurs). In June 1998 he joined the 14th Command Regiment and two years later was admitted to the National School of NCOs. During his military career, WO Marsol had been deployed on active duty to Gabon, Kosovo and Chad. This was his second combat tour of Afghanistan deploying on 14th May.

    WO Marsol was awarded the Medal with clasps Overseas Côte d'Ivoire, Central African Republic and Chad, the French Commemorative Medal Button former Yugoslavia, the Gold Medal of National Defence, Button "Airborne" Cross with bronze star.



    French Army officer, Lieutenant Thomas Gauvin, age 27, was one of five French soldiers killed on 13th July 2011 while attending a meeting with village elders in the village of Joybar, Kapisa province. They were all killed when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb.

    Lt. Gauvin, from Caen, served with the 1st Parachute Regiment (Chasseurs). In September 2005, he began studying at the French Military Academy - Ecole Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr - where he was top of his class. In August 2008, he joined the Parachute Regiment.

    In 2010, he deployed to Central African Republic and deployed to Afghanistan on 6th May 2011. Lt. Gauvin holds the Bronze Medal of National Defense (Airborne Troops) button. He leaves his wife.

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    French Special Forces Commando Benjamin Bourdet was killed in action on 14th July 2011 in the Alasay Valley, Kapisa province, Afghanistan during a battle with enemy forces.

    The 30-year-old Commando was born in Cherbourg and joined the French Marines in 2003. Between 2004 and 2007 he deployed four times to New Caledonia. He was promoted to Petty Officer rank in September 2007 and assigned to a Marine unit guarding nuclear submarines. He deployed twice to Djibouti on operations against maritime piracy.

    Second-Master Bourdet was on his first deployment to Afghanistan. He holds the Gold and Silver National Defense Medals.

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    Canadian Army Trooper Stefan Jankowski, age 25, died in Canada from a prescription drug overdose on Saturday 9th July 2011. He had been suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) since returning from combat duties in Afghanistan.

    Dodging bullets, seeing a boy with his face blown off and holding a dead friend in his arms was more than Trooper Jankowski could bear. He suffered anxiety, depression and insomnia as well as the horrors of war.

    He served with the Royal Canadian Dragoons.

    Note: Trooper Jankowski is one of thousands of troops from all nations who suffered from PTSD after serving in Afghanistan. We have included him on this website as a tribute to his service in Afghanistan.


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    14 July 2011


    US Army Sergeant Jeremy R. Summers, died on 14th July 2011 from wounds he received during a battle with enemy forces the previous day. The incident, involving small-arms fire, happened in Paktika province, Afghanistan.

    27-year-old Sgt. Summers, from Mount Olivet, Kentucky, served with the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell.

    Sgt. Summers joined the Army in March 2005 and transferred to Fort Campbell in August 2009. He leaves behind his parents.

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    It's over for Canada -

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — It's official. After six years at war, the packers and movers have taken over.

    In a ceremony staged in front of the memorial to the 157 Canadian soldiers and four civilians killed in this war, Brig.-Gen. Dean Milner handed command over all Canadian military operations in Kandahar to the people responsible for packing up the exhausted remains of Canada's most recent combat history.
    Entire Article . . . .

    We should be so lucky.

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    15 July 2011

    US Green Beret, Staff Sergeant Wyatt A. Goldsmith, died on 15th July 2011 at Camp Bastion Hospital, Afghanistan after he was injured when enemy forces attacked his unit with rocket-propelled grenade fire in Helmand province, Afghanistan. SSgt. Goldsmith, age 28, from Colville, Washington, served with 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

    SSgt. Goldsmith joined the Army in June 2004 as a Special Forces recruit. In October 2004, on completion of basic training, advanced individual training and the basic airborne course at Fort Benning, he was assigned to the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg.

    Goldsmith attended Special Forces Assessment and Selection in 2005 and was selected to continue his training as medical sergeant in the Special Forces Qualification Course. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal.

    He is survived by his parents John and Lorie Goldsmith of Colville, Washington and his sister Nicole.

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    15 July 2011

    US Army Sergeant Lex L. Lewis, died on 15th July 2011 from injuries he received in Farah province when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.

    40-year-old Sgt. Lewis, from Rapid City, was a cavalry scout serving with 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort Carson, Colorado.

    Sgt. Lewis joined the Army in 1999 and joined his current unit in 2008. He had previously deployed to Iraq twice. His decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, NATO Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, South West Asia Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

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    16 July 2011

    US Army Specialist Frank R. Gross, died in Kandahar on 16th July 2011 from injuries he received when a roadside bomb caused his vehicle to roll over in Khowst province.

    25-year-old Spc. Gross, from Oldsmar, Florida, served with the 2nd Battalion, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, based at Fort Hood, Texas.

    Spc. Gross was born in Virginia Beach and enlisted in the Army in May 2010, said Chris Haug, chief of media relations for Fort Hood public affairs.

    His mother, Antonia, said in a phone interview that Spc. Gross had deployed to Afghanistan on 28th June this year. Her last correspondence with him was via a Skype call a week before he died.

    Spc. Gross leaves his parents Antonia and Craig and his sister Natalie.

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    15 July 2011

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation New Dawn.

    Spc. Daniel L. Elliott, 21, of Youngsville, N.C., died July 15 in Basra, Iraq, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 290th Military Police Brigade, 200th Military Police Command, Cary, N.C.

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    16 July 2011

    US Army Corporal Raphael Arruda, from South Ogden, Utah, died in Kandahar province, Afghanistan on Saturday 16th July 2011. Cpl. Arruda, age 21, was patrolling in a mine-resistant vehicle when it was struck by a roadside bomb. He died as a result of the blunt force trauma caused by the blast.

    His family were told of his death on Sunday. His father, however, was in the family’s native country of Brazil Sunday, tending to affairs in the wake of his own mother’s death less than two weeks ago

    Cpl. Arruda was a combat engineer, on his first deployment to Afghanistan. He would have celebrated his 22nd birthday on 23rd July.

    His Facebook page said he attended Bonneville High School in Ogden in 2007-2008 and that he joined the U.S. Army in 2008.

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    It is with regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Lance Corporal Paul Watkins, from 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's), was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday 16 July 2011.
    Ministry of Defence statement.

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    17 July 2011

    US Army Private 1st Class Tyler M. Springman was one of two American soldiers killed by a bomb blast in Kandahar province on 17th July 2011.

    Pfc. Springman, age 19 from Hartland, Maine, served with the Alaska-based 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team.




    US Army Sergeant 1st Class Kenneth B. Elwell was one of two American soldiers killed by a bomb blast in Kandahar province on 17th July 2011.

    Sfc. Elwell, age 33 from Holland, Pa., served with the Alaska-based 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

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