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Honoring New Zealand's Bravest






Reuters

U.S. and New Zealand soldiers, left, lower a New Zealand flag at a NATO base in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. New Zealand troops, including special forces, have served in Afghanistan since shortly after the U.S. invasion in 2001.








New Zealand's fallen soldiers





Left to right:

Corporal Luke Tamatea, 31, Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, 26 and Private Richard Harris, 21





Fallen soldier had reassured grandmother


What a very sad day – killed in Afghanistan were Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, 26, Private Richard Harris, 21, and Corporal Luke Tamatea, 31.

Jacinda Baker was the first New Zealand female to be killed in action since 1966. Richard Harris had joined the army whilst still a teenager. Corporal Tamatea was a father of four.

Our colleagues from Maori Television's Te Kaea have just spoken with Luke Tamatea's grandmother, Loraine O'Brien.

She told them her grandson had sought to reassure her the last time they spoke continues here: Fallen soldier had reassured grandmother




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NZ soldiers killed in Afghanistan named


Mon, 6 Aug 2012



Lance Corporal Pralli Durrer and Lance Corporal Rory Malone



The families of the two New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghanistan over the weekend have both spoken of the important work the two men felt they were doing during their first stint in the war-torn Bamiyan province. Lance Corporal Pralli Durrer and Lance Corporal Rory Malone, both 26-years-old, died on Saturday night (NZT) about half-way through their deployment with the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamiyan. Lance Corporal Durrer, who was from Christchurch, had an aunt and grandfather as next-of-kin, as both his parents are dead.

The families of the two New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghanistan over the weekend have both spoken of the important work the two men felt they were doing during their first stint in the war-torn Bamiyan province... Read more here: NZ soldiers killed in Afghanistan named



In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


6 posted on 08/20/2012 3:57:41 AM PDT by bd476
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RIP

Corporal Luke Tamatea
Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, Medic
Private Richard Harris
Lance Corporal Pralli Durrer
Lance Corporal Rory Malone


Flowers of the Forest - click

17 posted on 08/20/2012 11:32:04 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lo ost a good one.~)))
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