Monday, April 24, 2006

Canadian postman-soldier killed

The Toronto Sun reports that Lieut. William Turner, 40, looked far more like a soldier than a mailman. Turner, a Torontonian, volunteered to serve in Afghanistan, leaving behind the routine of his civilian life as a letter carrier.

According to the paper, "Turner's civilian life prepared him better than most for the rigours of Afghanistan. After walking for hours each day on his rounds as mail carrier, he would lace on his shoes to train as a long-distance runner. "

He was killed on Saturday along with three other soldiers in the worst one-day combat loss for the Canadian army since the Korean War.

In a related article the Sun reports, "The last time the Canadian army suffered a one-day loss of this scale was in April 2002, when four Canadian soldiers were mistakenly bombed by a U.S. fighter jet.

"Before that, army historians would have to reach back to May 1953, when the Royal Canadian Regiment suffered a horrendous one-day combat loss during the Korean War. About two dozen Canadians died while holding off an enemy attack. "

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:02 PM