Hundreds farewell soldiers
Sat, 11 Aug 2012 6:08p.m.
By Alex Bourn
Hundreds of people gathered at a Christchurch military base today to farewell two New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
The families of Lance Corporals Pralli Durrer and Rory Malone mourned the loss of their sons at a commemorative service at Burnham Camp.
All was quiet at Burnham Military Camp today as the caskets of Lance Corporals Pralli Durrer and Rory Malone were carried into the gymnasium by their comrades.
The families of the fallen soldiers wept as their sons were farewelled in a service worthy of two men who died serving their country.
“Pralli, I love you my boy,” said uncle Joe Durrer. “I am so very, very proud at the man you have become.”
“To you guys out there, he's your fallen warrior,” said Rory Malone's brother Todd McBriar. “To me, he's my little bro’. He's my hero.”
Rory Malone was described as a straight-shooter, “tough as guts”. He was known as the prankster in the army.
“He advertised Phil's car for sale all around camp, and would send him fake appointments with Sgt Major,” said commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Stefan Michie. “He even put on an official voice on the loudspeaker to tell Phil he was urgently needed in Waiuru.”
Pralli Durrer's commanding officer said he had the heart of a lion, even in his final moments.
“He would not have flinched,” says commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel James Kaio. “He would have given his crew their orders and trusted that they did their job, and he would have ensured that those of the ground had as much cover from fire as he could provide. He achieved his mission.”
The flag-draped caskets followed an armoured tank out of the grounds of Burnham camp, as soldiers lined to salute their mates.
The bodies have been released to their families, so their loved ones can say their private goodbyes.
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20/08/2012 4:27:22 p.m.
Kelvyn is only repeating what the troops themselves say just jump on you tube some time . for the dead may god rest their souls .
13/08/2012 10:27:32 a.m.
Hey, the antiwar people are trying to save these lives. Dear God, let there not be another .
12/08/2012 3:18:43 p.m.
show some respect
12/08/2012 10:33:43 a.m.
Below, Kelvyn has the facts. Mac just wants to shut down debate. Probably hes one of these military-commie style guys who wants to take our taxes without any debate from the PEOPLE PAYING THE TAXES!
12/08/2012 8:57:39 a.m.
Kelvyn, it's amazing how little you know of what goes on in Afghanistan, and how much work our Kiwi soldiers do for the area. Do you know the people who are attacking them? Or are you just a military genius? No one really enjoys the views of an ill-informed person, who by the sounds of it, would never have the courage to risk his own wellbeing for the sake of helping others.
11/08/2012 9:37:44 p.m.
Get out of this awful country. They are not dealing with "insurgents" they are being killed by Afghans, local people who don’t want their country occupied. They are not even a reconstruction team. What have they reconstructed? And even if there is some reconstruction the price is too high. They are there because of some politicians are doing deals with the US and the military people are trying to re-live the old concepts of Empire. The world has changed. Embarking on campaigns to impose your will on other cultures through military might is a 19th century ideology. It is morally and ethically and most of all practically untenable. Get out of Afghanistan.
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