NATO soldier killed in Aghanistan

#1
No further news yet.
My first thoughts
Dear God.Not again!
But whatever the nationality,
RIP Mate.Stand down

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/13012007/325/nato-soldier-killed-afghan-clash.html

Saturday January 13, 12:15 PM

KABUL (Reuters) - Insurgents attacked NATO troops in southern Afghanistan on Saturday killing one of them, the alliance said, the first foreign soldier killed in Afghanistan this year.

NATO did not give the nationality of the soldier killed in the attack during a NATO operation.

Last year was the bloodiest in Afghanistan since U.S.-led forces overthrew the Taliban in 2001.

More than 4,000 people were killed, most of them Taliban militants, but including nearly 170 foreign soldiers killed in attacks or accidents during operations.
 
#3
From the MoD website:

It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Royal Marine Thomas Curry in Afghanistan on Saturday 13 January 2007.

Marine Curry died when elements of 42 Commando Royal Marines were engaged in a deliberate offensive operation near Kajaki, in Northern Helmand, Afghanistan.

The Royal Marines Commandos were engaged in close-quarter fighting with the Taleban, and it was during this action that Marine Curry was killed. He died instantly as a result of enemy small arms fire.

In typical fashion, Marine Curry was leading his comrades courageously from the front when he came under enemy fire, whilst in the process of clearing an enemy compound. His section had already come under fire from a depth position, so the Marines had moved forward to close with the enemy.

The Commander of the UK Task Force, Brigadier Jerry Thomas, said:

"I send my sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family and to his friends. They have lost a much loved member of their family and a good friend and my thoughts are with them at this difficult time."

Marine Curry from East London, aged 21, was born on 1 Jan 1986. He joined the Royal Marines on 16 May 2005.

It was during his initial commando training that Marine Curry was awarded the Commando Medal, having been voted by his peers as the man whose character best reflected the Commando qualities of unselfishness, leadership, determination, and cheerfulness in the face of adversity.

On passing out from training, Tom, known as ‘Vinders’ (Vindaloo) to his troop, joined 11 Troop M Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines in February 2006.

He held true to the Commando values and quickly earned himself a reputation for looking after his colleagues and lending a helping hand whenever he could.

After an intense period of operational training with his Unit, he deployed to Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

A tower of physical and mental strength, Marine Curry stood out as a man who could be relied on to see a task through, most recently demonstrating this dogged determination under the most challenging conditions of the battlefield, where his selfless disposition made him a cornerstone of the team in which he served.

Although he was only a year out of training, Marine Curry had already demonstrated his potential to excel in his career in the Royal Marines through both his professional competence and rich personal attributes.

Renowned in his Company for his enormous appetite, Marine Curry was the first to laugh at jokes at his own expense and never missed an opportunity to cheer the lads up and raise morale.

He was very close to his family and to his girlfriend, and often told his friends about how much he loved and missed them. On operations he wrote and received many letters from friends and family – he was obviously loved very much.

His Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Matt Holmes Royal Marines, said:

"The tragic loss of Marine Curry is felt deeply by all, a reflection of what he brought to life and all those who knew him. Tom died displaying the qualities so typical of him, that had rapidly earned him the respect of his colleagues.

"He was at the front, courageously closing with the enemy, with no thought for his own safety, just that of his colleagues who were close by. He was a glowing example of what a Royal Marine represents: courageous, robust and highly professional. That he carried these qualities as a young man into the dangers of battle speaks volumes, and we are all immensely proud of him.

"Tom was also a self-effacing, utterly unselfish and cheerful individual, never slow to have a laugh at his own expense. His country has lost a brave, selfless servant who contributed much in his short time. In the close-knit community that is his Company and Commando unit, we feel his loss deeply, but our thoughts and prayers right now are with Tom's family and girlfriend at this difficult time."
What a wonderful testimony to a life lived well.

Rest In Peace, brave soul.

My sincere condolences to those who grieve.
 
#4
At the risk of repeating dozy bint what a great testimony.

RIP Royal. You have done your duty and we thank you. Thoughts and prayers go to his family, friends and colleagues.




bt80
 
#5
Same here bt80 & Dozy.
He sounds like he would have made a outstanding Marine with a great career ahead of him.
Such a pity that he was taken with so much to offer.
RIP Laddy.
 
#7
RIP big lad. God bless you and the RM. We all stand together. I pray for your family. Forget inter servive rivalry we salute you as a brother soldier. May your spirit live on at your at Lympstone and inspire new recruits. God bless and goodnight.
 
#8
RIP Mate.

Ne Obliviscaris
 
#16
RIP Royal. My thoughts are with you and your family, a brave son of England given his life for his comrades. Stand down son and rest easy your job is done and tonight I'll stand you a beer.
 

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