Saturday, June 26, 2010

R.I.P. Master Cpl. Kristal Giesebrecht and Pvt. Andrew Miller

                             Master Cpl. Kristal Giesebrecht, 34, and Pvt. Andrew Miller, 21, were killed in Afghanistan. (Handout, Department of National Defense)

While morons destroy and burn Toronto, two more of our troops have paid the ultimate price in defense of freedom.
My deepest sympathies to the families of Master Cpl. Kristal Giesebrecht and Pvt. Andrew Miller. They were both medics. They tried to heal the sick and relieve suffering. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Brig.-Gen. Vance said Master Cpl. Giesebrecht was born in Wallaceburg, Ont., and was a member of 1 Canadian Field Hospital, based at CFB Petawawa.

He said she was married and a fit, dedicated and fun-loving medical technician serving on her second tour in Afghanistan.

“She was a mentor and an inspiration for her fellow medical technicians. Kristal loved life to the fullest. She was a wonderful friend, always opening her heart to everyone in need,” Brig.-Gen. Vance said.

“Kristal prided herself on her health and fitness, although she always felt the solution to any problem could be found in a box of chocolates.”

Pte. Andrew Miller was born in Sudbury, Ont. A member of 2 Field Ambulance, based at CFB Petawawa, he was serving on his first overseas deployment.

Brig.-Gen. Vance said Pte. Miller will be remembered as someone who would give his fellow soldiers the shirt off his back and was always the first to volunteer.

“Andrew was very confident in both his soldier and clinical skills. He wanted nothing more than to be part of the Health Services Unit for ROTO 9, in Afghanistan, so that he could put his skills to the test,” he said.

“Called Caillou by his friends – everyone acknowledged the resemblance as soon as they met him.”


been around the block said...

Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord.

And may light perpetual shine upon them.

May they rest in peace. Amen.

Thank you, Kristal and Andrew, for your sacrifice.

Anonymous said...

Terrible losses. When I see those anarchists in Toronto I begin to wonder if compulsory military service wouldn't be a good idea. Also time limits on university studies - some of these eternal students need to be turfed out.

Anonymous said...

Thankyou for putting this here, I am actually a reletive of Kristal, we will miss her.

Roy Eappen said...

Please express my condolences to your family. I am a doctor and a feel a special kinship with the medics.

been around the block said...

Anonymous, I am very sorry for your loss.

I also feel that we need to have compulsory military service to turn a huge swath of our youth around. The entitlement of students that I see every day in our schools is breathtaking and, like police officers, teachers are unreasonably constrained in dealing with the bullying thugs.

No wonder we're seeing anarchist violence on Toronto streets this weekend: This train's been barreling down the track for some time with the result that the barbarians are now inside the gates and calling the shots.

M. Murphy said...

I had the pleasure of working with Kristal on our QL5 medical course. She always had a smile on her face and she was first person to offer help. Not only did her family and friends loose an amazing person but the whole country lost a true great Canadian. You will be missed Kristal

I am Momma @ aramaTDesigns said...

Kristal was a friend of mine and I'm just in shock and so sad for her husband and family. I can't say how privileged I feel to have known her. I miss never her smile. I am forever grateful for her and Pvt. Millers sacrifice.

Anonymous said...

I am the father of an US soldier who was just severly wounded by an IED in the same area. We spent a week at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and saw first hand what these IED's are doing. These brave young men and women from all countries deserve our support and others could certainly learn from them. I pray every day for our troops and all our allies. I will pray for both of these families that they can find peace knowing that their soldiers did not die in vain, they gave the altimate for their country and hopefully world peace soon. God bless and keep Master Cpl. Kristal Giesebrecht and Pvt. Andrew Miller, RIP. Jeff F,Michigan, USA

Roy said...

DJeff, Thank you for your comments. My best wishes for the speedy recovery of your son.
I also pray for the safety of America's troops. The United States is a great friend and ally. We in Canada know that we can always count on you. Many of us have family on both sides of the border.
God Bless American Troops!
God Bless HM Troops

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