Captain Paul Frank - Died While on Leave - Considered Canada's 153rd Afghanistan Casualty

Captain Paul Frank - Died While on Leave - Considered Canada's 153rd Afghanistan Casualty

Ottawa : Canada | Nov 26, 2010 at 8:26 AM PST
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Captain Paul Frank, a member of 28 Field Ambulance based in Ottawa Ontario, has been listed as Canada's 153rd Afghanistan War Casualty.

Captain Paul Frank died last February, while on leave during his operational tour from Afghanistan, of natural causes. General Walter Natynczyk said that the officer was considered on duty and a member of the Afghan mission when he died.

"Although his death came suddenly while on leave from his deployment in Afghanistan, he was still on duty and considered part of the mission, and therefore his death is no less important than any other CF member who served and died while in Afghanistan,” said Gen. Walter Natynczyk, chief of the defence staff, in a release.

Captain Paul, aged 53 and a 35 year veteran of the military hailed from Badger, Newfoundland. He was the Adjutant of the Health Services Support Unit for the Afghan mission.
Gouvernor General David Johnson commented on Captain Frank's death and extended his condolences to his family.
"All Canadians can be proud of the commitment shown by our Canadian Forces members. Their steadfast dedication is to be extolled, as every man and woman taking part in this mission is doing so with the utmost professionalism and dedication to duty."
The military said that a moment of silence will be observed at the Defence Department and miitary facilites in the National Capital Region on Friday. The family of Captain Frank has been awarded with the Memorial Cross.

Captain Frank's name will be added to the Fallen Canadians website and his name inscribed into the formal Book of Remembrance.

Captain Paul Frank is officially the 153rd Canadian military casualty of the Afghan War. One Diplomat and one journalist have also been killed.

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