SHILO, Man. — The mother of the latest Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan says her son died doing a job he loved and believed in.
Cpl. David Braun of Raymore, Sask., died Tuesday when a resupply convoy was struck by a vehicle packed with explosives.
Three other soldiers were injured in the attack.
In a written statement, Patty Braun said her son had dreamed of being in the military since he was 12 years old.
“On two occasions, when he was home for leave, he came to the school in his hometown and spoke to students about not only his job, but his passion. In a normally noisy classroom, you could hear a pin drop,” she said.
Braun’s mother, who was also speaking on behalf of his two brothers and sister, said the family is very proud of his bravery and asked the public to support the troops in Afghanistan.
Braun was stationed with the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry at Canadian Forces Base Shilo, Man.
In a statement released earlier by the base, Braun was described as “a motivated, hard-working and proud soldier who loved all aspects of his career in the infantry.”
He was the eighth Canadian to be killed in southern Afghanistan this month and the 27th to die since Canada deployed ground forces to the country in early 2002.
As darkness fell on the Kandahar Air Field tonight, his casket was carried onto a C-130 Hercules aircraft for his last journey home.