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article imageCanadian Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan Identified

By Carolyn E. Price     Dec 31, 2009 in World
The Department of National Defense (DND) in Canada today identified the four soldiers who were killed in an IED incident on Dec. 29, 2009, which also claimed the life of Calgary-based reporter Michelle Lang.
Canada ends a particularly brutal year of economic chaos, parliamentary hi-jinks and stepped-up efforts of the enemy in Afghanistan with the sad news that five Canadians, Michelle Lang, an embedded reporter for the Calgary Herald (see article written yesterday here), Sgts. George Miok and Kirk Taylor, Cpl. Zachery McCormick and Pte. Garrett Chidley, were killed by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on the third last day of the year.
The DND reported that the group were doing what is referred to as a "community patrol" at the time of the attack. In addition to those killed, four other soldiers and one civilian were seriously injured. The armoured vehicle that the soldiers and civilians were travelling in was south of Kandahar City when they struck a powerful IED. The five who were injured are all listed today as being in stable condition.
The Commander of the Coalition Forces in Kandahar, Brigadier-General Daniel Menard spoke to reporters about the casualties today:
Sergeant George Miok was 28-years-old, and hailed from Edmonton Alberta. Sgt. Miok was described as a dedicated senior non-commissioned officer who always put the welfare of the soldiers under his command first. He was also as a meticulous planner, who was always available to his troops for advice or just as someone to talk to.
Sergeant Kirk Taylor, also 28-years-old, hailed from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Sgt. Taylor was described as having a great sense of humor, a very calm demeanor and that he was a true gunner. His troops commonly referred to him as "Sgt. Morale". Taylor, enjoyed challenges and would take on difficult jobs without complaint. In his civilian life back home, Taylor, mentored troubled young adults and it was reported that he brought the same enthusiasm for his work with him to Afghanistan.
Corporal Zachery McCormick was 21-years-old, and was also from Edmonton, Alberta. Cpl. McCormick was described as a dedicated team member and a very caring individual who always lent a helping hand to others. McCormick was excited about and looking forward to marrying his fiance. His comrades said that he always had a way of raising morale by making rest of the section he worked with laugh.
Private Garrett Chidley was also 21-years-old, and hailed from Cambridge, Ontario. Pte. Chidley was described as a man who was always ready to lend a hand and he somehow made the tough tasks seem incredibly easy by joking around in an effort to lighten the mood. He always beat his friends at video games and spoke fondly of his family.
All four soldiers who were killed were part-time reservists who had volunteered for duty in Afghanistan. To date, 138 Canadian soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan.
Four Canadian soldiers were killed in an IED incident on Wednesday  December 29th  2009  which also ...
Four Canadian soldiers were killed in an IED incident on Wednesday, December 29th, 2009, which also claimed the life of Calgary-based reporter Michelle Lang.
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