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Corporal Jonathan Couturier

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Corporal Jonathan Couturier

Corporal Jonathan Couturier was 23 when he died on September 17, 2009. He was killed when his armoured vehicle struck a roadside bomb on patrol in Panjwaii district, 25 km south of Kandahar City.

Born in Loretteville, in the Quebec City region, Corporal Couturier joined the Canadian Forces on March 29, 2006. Dispatched on his first tour, he left for Afghanistan in April 2009 with 2 Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group.

After having completed 36 months of active duty with the Canadian Forces, Jonathan Couturier was eligible for a promotion from the rank of "Private" to "Corporal". Even though promotion procedures were underway, Corporal Couturier had not received his new rank at the time of his death and therefore had to be promoted posthumously.

Jonathan will be remembered for his sense of humour, even at the most stressful moments. He never missed an occasion to talk about his passions - hockey, his Ford Mustang and, last but not least, the love of his life – Andréanne.

"Jonathan, the professionalism you showed during your military career too short was noticed by your peers. Following your example, colleagues you left behind you in Afghanistan will continue their hard work thinking of you."
Colonel Jean-Marc Lanthier CO 5 CMBG

Corporal Jonathan Couturier

Natif de Loretteville au Québec, le caporal Jonathan Couturier a joint les Forces canadiennes le 29 mars 2006. Âgé de 23 ans, Jonathan servait au sein du 2e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment basé à Valcartier.

Il a été déployé en Afghanistan, au sein du Groupement tactique du 2e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment. Le 17 septembre 2009, au cours le l’Op Athena Roto 7, le caporal Jonathan Couturier est décédé à la suite de l’explosion d’un engin explosif de circonstance aux environs du district de Panjwai.

Il était connu pour son sens de l'humour, même dans les moments les plus stressants. Il ne manquait jamais une occasion de parler de ses passions - hockey, sa Ford Mustang et, le plus important, l'amour de sa vie - Andréanne.

"Jonathan, le professionnalisme dont tu as fait preuve durant ta trop courte carrière militaire a été remarqué par tes pairs. Suivant ton exemple, les confrères que tu as laissés derrière toi en Afghanistan continueront leur travail acharné en pensant à toi."
Colonel Jean-Marc Lanthier, Cmdt 5e GBMC


"Un bon gars qui a donné sa vie pour servir son pays.
Repose en paix"

"A great guy who gave his life serving his country.
Rest in Peace "

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