Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Sappers Darren Smith and Jacob Moerland along with the Explosives Detection sniffer dog Herbie died in Afghanistan on Monday from an Improvised Explosive Device -IED

It has been said that while Herbie had detected the IED the soldiers had no way of knowing that it would be detonated by remote control by Taliban Insurgents when they become in close proximity to it.

They were part of the 2nd Combat Engineers Regiment based at Enoggera in Brisbane
(The same base my son is posted to) As the Mother of a son who is currently deployed this has hit home hard(very hard)

To the families of Darren Smith & Jacob Moerland my deepest sympathies are with you as you walk along this terrible road. To Darren Smith's son Mason, may you grow up always knowing your Daddy was a hero who served his country proudly.

While we as Australians mourn for the lose of our own, let us honour the fact they died in service to our county.

May you rest in peace brave soldiers you have served you country well.

To all our other deployed soldiers including my darling soldier boy son. We honour love & respect you. Keep safe until you reach our shores and your families loving arms.



Tania said...

I am glad to hear that your soldier boy is safe and I know it must be an anxious time for you right now.

My thoughts are with you Caroline and the families of the fallen soldiers,



Lisha said...

May God bless the families left behind and protect those still serving our country.

I pray your soldier boy is safe Caroline and continues to be so.


PS. God bless little Herbie too who was doing his duty!

Jan said...

Oh Caroline, this news has been the headlines today, but it comes so much closer when someone we know has someone over there. It is hard to know what to say.... thinking of you and how heavy your heart is with your boy over there.....
Love and Hugs, Jan

Cathy said...

Hello Caroline
Thank you for writing this post - I had thought about it but felt I couldn't do it service. You have tho'.
Give your big lad a (((hug))) from us all when you are next able to talk to him.
Take care

Donna said...

Bless their Hearts....

retdairyqueen said...

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Gill - That British Woman said...

I could say lots and lots of things about what is going on in Afghanistan but honestly I don't want to get in a big fight with everyone who is supporting the cause.

I am so grateful that your son is fine. My hearts go out to all the families that have lost their sons, daughters, mothers and fathers.

At what point do we say enough is enough with all this killing?

Gill in Canada

Cheryl@Gingerbread Crafts said...

I feel for the families of the fallen soldiers. It always hits very close to home whenever I hear of another death, one of my father's friends lost his son.

I pray that your son will come home to you safe and sound.

RIP to all our fallen heroes.

Decadent Housewife said...

This is so heartbreaking.


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