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Another Hero dies in Afghanistan. RIP
« on: July 03, 2012, 08:39:13 AM »
Death of 33rd digger in Afghanistan
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 08:28am


 The Australian Defence Force has confirmed that an Australian soldier has been killed in an operational incident in the Urozgan Province Afghanistan.

The soldier was shot in the chest during an engagement with insurgents while on a partnered mission with Afghan security forces targeting an insurgent commander.

General Hurley says first aid was provided until he was evacuated to a medical facility at Tarin Kowt.

He says despite the best efforts of all, attempts to resuscitate the soldier were unsuccessful.

The man's family was informed overnight.


Another brave soul dies for us.
Lest We Forget.
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Re: Another Hero dies in Afghanistan. RIP
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2012, 08:45:04 AM »
SAS veteran shot dead in Afghan firefight

 Updated July 03, 2012 08:39:14

An SAS commando who was on his seventh tour of duty in Afghanistan has been shot dead during a firefight with insurgents in the south of the country, the Defence Force has announced.

The 40-year-old Perth-based soldier was shot in the chest yesterday morning while on a partnered mission with the Afghan national security forces to target an insurgent commander in Uruzgan's Chora Valley.

He was evacuated by helicopter to the Australian base at Tarin Kot but later died.

Defence Force Chief David Hurley said the man was shot as his patrol was "inserted" by helicopter at the beginning of the mission.

He said the man's family had been notified but had asked that he not be named at this stage.

But he said the man was viewed by his colleagues as a "soldier's soldier".

"His colleagues describe him as a highly professional operator who earned great respect within the special operations community over many years of service," General Hurley said during a press conference with Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Darwin this morning.

He said the dead man joined the Army in 1990 and joined the SAS in 1995.

"This man was a soldier's soldier and I know that the members of the Special Operations Task Group will ensure his service and sacrifice will not be forgotten."

"While this is a blow for all of us, it will be felt most deeply by this soldier's family and friends," Ms Gillard added.

"For his family, they have had news overnight that is the most shocking and distressing news that a family could ever receive. My condolences go to them."

He is the 33rd Australian soldier to be killed in Afghanistan.

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Re: Another Hero dies in Afghanistan. RIP
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2012, 10:33:54 AM »
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-05-25/australian-casualties-in-afghanistan/1784808

this site lists all those Australian soldiers who we've lost in the Afghanistan conflict.

(this last soldier obviously not added at this time)
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Re: Another Hero dies in Afghanistan. RIP
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2012, 03:27:11 AM »
Aussie father of two died in Afghanistan
Wednesday, July 04, 2012 08:15pm


 Father-of-two Sergeant Blaine Diddams has been identified as the SASR soldier who died after being shot in the chest by insurgents on Monday.

He was father-of-two Blaine Diddams.

Sergeant Diddams was killed in Afghanistan on Monday morning local time after his patrol was dropped by helicopter in pursuit of an insurgent.

He was shot in the chest and died at a medical facility in Tarin Kowt, despite wearing combat body armour.

Sgt Diddams, known as 'Didds' to his mates, was a devoted father of two and family man, as well as a dedicated professional soldier.

'(He was) known for his outwards personality and quirky sense of humour, he was held in the highest regard by his mates and comrades alike,' Defence said in a statement on Wednesday.

Born in Canberra in 1971, Sgt Diddams enlisted in the Army in April 1990 and was posted to the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in Townsville, Queensland, later that year.

In 1995 he was posted to the elite SASR in Perth after completing the selection course.

Sgt Diddams was on his seventh tour of Afghanistan since 2001 and had deployed previously on four occasions, to Somalia, East Timor and the Solomon Islands.

Highly decorated, Sgt Diddams was awarded a number of honours during his career and served in various operations over his 22 year career.

He is survived by his wife Toni-Ann, their daughter Elle-Lou and their son Henry, his parents Peter and Cate, and siblings Nikki, Sian, Christian and Luke.
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Re: Another Hero dies in Afghanistan. RIP
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2012, 11:52:41 AM »
Sgt Diddams' body on its way home
Friday, July 06, 2012 07:17am


 The body of fallen Australian digger Sergeant Blaine Diddams, killed during a firefight in Afghanistan, is on its way home after being farewelled by colleagues in Tarin Kowt.

Sergeant Diddams was killed on Tuesday after his patrol was dropped by helicopter, in pursuit of an insurgent.

He was shot in the chest and died at a medical facility in Tarin Kowt despite wearing combat body armour.

'Today we farewelled a husband and father, a mate and brother who will be forever missed but never forgotten,' said an Australian Special Operations Task Group commander who can only be identified as Lieutenant Colonel J for security reasons.

'He died doing what he loved in the only way he knew how - to lead his men from the front.'

His memorial service was held in Camp Russell at Multi-National Base, in Tarin Kowt, before his casket was moved to a waiting Australian C-130 Hercules aircraft.

Sgt Diddams, known as 'Didds' to his mates, was a devoted family man, father of two, as well as a dedicated professional soldier.

Born in Canberra in 1971, Sgt Diddams enlisted in the Army in April 1990 and was posted to the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in Townsville, Queensland, later that year.

In 1995 he was posted to the elite SASR in Perth after completing the selection course.

Sgt Diddams was on his seventh tour of Afghanistan since 2001 and had deployed previously to Somalia, East Timor and the Solomon Islands.

Highly decorated, he was awarded a number of honours during his career and served in various operations over his 22 year career.

He is survived by his wife Toni-Ann, their daughter Elle-Lou and their son Henry, his parents Peter and Cate, and siblings Nikki, Sian, Christian and Luke.
(remlr 235 / MVCA 9)*88"-'63 .S2A--c6005  x 2-"Horrie"-112-769, & "The Vet"-112-429(-Vietnam-PRE 1ATF '65)
(unnamed)--109"--'56 .S1 (ute)(future project --88"--'66--S2A-as UN CIVPOL.) 80"-49,53 PARTS, 80"-50,52 , 1 x 109 s3, "Hans" 1 x 88 s3, AND 1 X 110 - 2012 "BEAR"