Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 14, 2008 10:41 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Three Canadian Soldiers in Afghanistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2008) - The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, issued the following statement today on the death of three Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan:

"It is with deep sorrow I learned of the deaths of Corporal Thomas James Hamilton, Private John Michael Roy Curwin, and Private Justin Peter Jones today in Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones as they deal with this tragic loss. I also wish a quick recovery to the other soldier injured in this incident.

The vital contribution of the Canadian Forces to the United Nations-mandated, NATO-led mission is making a difference in Afghanistan. While challenges remain, Canada is steadfast in its support of the international mission to help Afghans reclaim their country by building a more democratic, free and safe society.

The bravery and dedication demonstrated on a daily basis by the men and women of the Canadian Forces while making Afghanistan a better place to live are a testament to the values respected and revered by all Canadians.

Canada will remain eternally grateful for the sacrifices made by Corporal Hamilton, Private Curwin and Private Jones. They will not be forgotten."

These soldiers were all from 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment based at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, New Brunswick, and served as members of the Force Protection Company of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team.

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