Media Advisory

Fallen Soldier Returning Home

MA 07-007 - June 4, 2007

OTTAWA, Ont. — Our fallen soldier, Master Corporal Darrell Jason Priede, a member of 3 Area Support Group, based in Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, New Brunswick, is scheduled to return home to Canada today.

Where:  8 Wing Trenton, Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario.
When:  Monday, June 4, 6:00 p.m.
What:  Media are invited to view the arrival; however no interviews will be given. 

Present to pay their respects will be The Minister of National Defence, Gordon O’Connor, and other dignitaries.

Master Corporal Priede was killed May 30, 2007, at approximately 9 p.m. Kandahar time when the helicopter in which he was a passenger went down in Helmand Province near the town of Kajaki.


Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Master Corporal Darrell Jason Priede

NR–07.048 - May 31, 2007

OTTAWA – The Honourable Gordon O'Connor, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today on the death of Master Corporal Darrell Jason Priede:

“On behalf of the entire Defence community I extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Master Corporal Darrell Jason Priede who died when a helicopter, in which he was a passenger, went down in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.  I also extend my condolences to the families and friends of the six other coalition troops who died in this incident.

Master Corporal Priede was a valued member of the Army News Team from 3 Area Support Group, based at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown.  He gave his life not only to protect Canadians and our national interests, but also to provide hope to Afghans for a better future. 

Master Corporal Priede was part of an international coalition working to bring peace and security to this troubled country.  Canadians are forever proud and grateful for his service and for the contributions of all our men and women in uniform.” 

The latest casualty comes less than a week after Cpl. Matthew J. Cully died when a roadside bomb exploded in the volatile Zhari district, about 30 kilometres east of Kandahar City. His hometown was Orangeville. The total is now at 56 Canadians lost in Afghanistan.


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