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Corporal Martin Dube

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Corporal Martin Dube

Corporal Martin Dubé joined the 5th Combat Engineers Regiment in April 2003. His first mission to Afghanistan was in March 2009 where he served as a bomb disposal technician. On 14 June, while on Operation Athena Roto7 in the Panjwai district about 20 kms south of Kandahar, he responded to a call to neutralize two IEDs when one of them exploded, killing him and wounding two Afghan nationals.

"In his desire to make a difference, he gave his life suddenly, without warning," Padre Bastien Leclerc told his comrades assembled at the Ramp Ceremony. "We will all miss his infectious smile, his determination, and his will to make this part of the world a better place to live."

Raised in the Quebec City area, the 35-year-old soldier is remembered as a likable soldier with a special ability to lift the spirits of those around him. “Cpl. Dubé had a personal mission: live life to the fullest and make everyone he met laugh," said Padre Bastien Leclerc, Task Force Kandahar's senior chaplain, "He lifted the morale of everyone around him, including his superiors. His enthusiasm and energy was contagious."

Dubé was a talented combat engineer, proud of his profession, and whose work saved many lives. Dubé went to Afghanistan with a sincere desire to help others. He will be remembered as an energetic soldier with an infectious smile.

Dube's family praised his commitment to the Afghan mission. "He always strived to help others and that can explain why he firmly believed he was making a difference with the Afghan people alongside his fellow soldiers".

"We can't help but support and admire such altruism. There is no greater sadness for parents than to lose a child. Martin was an upright, curious and intelligent person who liked to get to the bottom of things," the family said, noting he was very close to his younger brother.

"Your departure leaves a great void.
Go, son, you can rest in peace now".

Dubé is survived by his parents Marie-Paule and Roger,
brother Vincent and girlfriend Julie.

Corporal Martin Dube

Le 14 juin 2009, au cours de l’Op Athena Roto7, le caporal Martin Dubé est décédé à la suite de l’explosion d’un dispositif explosif de circonstance dans le district de Panjwai.

Âgé de 35 ans, le caporal Dubé s’est enrôlé dans les Forces canadiennes le 30 avril 2003. Il était membre du 5e Régiment du génie de combat, basé à Valcartier, depuis le 15 août 2003. Il a quitté pour sa première mission en mars 2009, en Afghanistan, où il oeuvrait à titre de technicien en enlèvement d’explosifs.

“Il n’y a pas de plus grande tristesse pour des parents que de perdre son enfant. Martin était un être intègre, curieux et intelligent qui aimait aller au fond des choses. Si peu de mots pour le décrire.

Tout-petit, il se faisait déjà l’ardent défenseur des animaux abandonnés et des petites bestioles qu’il soignait avec toute la détermination qui l’habitait. Sa nature aimante se traduisait aussi envers son jeune frère Vincent, qu’il surprotégeait et avec lequel il aimait faire les quatre cents coups.

Devenu un homme, il continuait de venir en aide à son prochain. C’est d’ailleurs l’une des raisons qui expliquent pourquoi il croyait fermement faire une différence auprès des Afghans avec ses confrères militaires. Nous ne pouvions que l’appuyer et l’admirer devant autant d’altruisme.

"Ton départ créera un grand vide.
Va, fils, tu peux reposer en paix."

Dubé laisse dans le deuil ses parents Marie-Paule et Roger,
le frère de Vincent et de son amie Julie.


Family Statement

Pourquoi serais-je hors de votre pensée simplement parce
que je suis hors de votre vie...
Le n'est pas coupé " Jo "...

Why should I be out of your thoughts just because
I'm out of your life ...
This cannot cut the tie "Jo " ...

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