Fallen soldiers to return home today
Thu, 23 Aug 2012 5:14a.m.
The bodies of three New Zealand soldiers killed by a bomb in Afghanistan will return home today.
Corporal Luke Tamatea, 31, Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, 26, and Private Richard Harris, 21, died instantly when a bomb exploded under a Humvee they were in.
They were in the last vehicle of a convoy of four Humvees taking an ill patrol member to the doctor when they hit the bomb.
Their bodies are being flown home after being farewelled by their comrades at a "ramp ceremony" at Bagram Air Base on Tuesday.
Members of their Provincial Reconstruction Team attended, as well as US chairman of the joint chiefs of staff General Martin E Dempsey and commander of the International Security Assistance Force General John R Allen.
An Australian Defence Force A-340 is flying the soldiers to Australia, from where a Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules will take them to New Zealand.
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23/08/2012 8:26:37 p.m.
alana schwabe wrote:
I really feel for the familys of the lost soldiers,my heart and deepest sympthany goes out too them all,your soldiers are courageous, brave caring men and woman,may they rest in peace,my family will be thinkn of you at this hard time
23/08/2012 8:26:36 p.m.
23/08/2012 1:04:28 p.m.
Karanga mai ra he rangatira karanga maha ki a ratou ma, me hoki ki o nga matua tupuna e ki to kainga, he roimata me te aroha ki to whanaupani o ratou ma ki Aotearoa. Haere atu ra, he pouritanga he maraetanga i tenei wa. Haere atu ra, haere, haere,haere atu ra Koutou e....... Our condolences to these three that diligently served for their country and comin back to their homeland of aotearoa to the whanau, friends and colleagues. Our aroha and prayers to all at this difficult time. May they rest in peace and comfort and support to the whanau immediate and extended. Kia kaha ra koutou.
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