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Canadian Forces CF (Canadian Forces)

The Canadian Forces have derived many of their traditions and symbols from the military, navy and air force of the United Kingdom, including those with royal elements. Contemporary icons and rituals, however, have evolved to include elements reflective of Canada and the Canadian monarchy.
ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Motto: Assistance and Cooperation

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan, established by the United Nations Security Council in December 2001 by Resolution 1386, as envisaged by the Bonn Agreement. Its main purpose was to train the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and assist Afghanistan in rebuilding key government institutions, but was also engaged in the 2001–present war with the Taliban insurgency.
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) is one of the three Regular Force infantry regiments of the Canadian Army of the Canadian Armed Forces. It is named for Princess Patricia of Connaught, then daughter of the Governor General of Canada. The regiment is composed of four battalions including a Primary Reserve battalion, for a total of 2,000 soldiers. The PPCLI is the main lodger unit of Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Edmonton in Alberta and CFB Shilo in Manitoba, and attached to 3rd Canadian Division; as such it serves as the "local" regular infantry regiment for much of Western Canada. The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (LER), a Reserve Force battalion, is affiliated with the PPCLI but is not formally part of it. As part of this affiliation, the LER carries the designation '4th Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry'. The regiment is a ceremonial structure, and the four battalions are independent operational entities, under the 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG) for the Regular Force and the 41 Canadian Brigade Group (41 CBG) for the Primary Reserve. Although the regiment carries the designation of 'light infantry', two of its battalions are mechanized infantry, and the unit has never been organized as a traditional light infantry regiment.

Battle Honours
Cpl Davis Paul James
Rank: Corporal Cpl
Service Number: D23844486
Born: Dec 19, 1977 Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Service Details :
Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, Afghanistan. Cpl. Davis joined the military in January 1998 and served a six-month peacekeeping tour to Bosnia-Hercegovina ending in 2001.

Sacrifice Medal (SM)
The Sacrifice Medal was created in the context of increased casualties in overseas operations to fulfill the desire of Canadians and the Government to provide formal recognition, through the award of an official medal emanating from the Crown, to those who die as a result of military service or are wounded by hostile action. This honour replaces the Wound Stripe
The Medal may be awarded to members of the Canadian Forces, members of an allied force working as an integral part of the Canadian Forces such as exchange personnel, civilian employees of the Government of Canada or Canadian citizens under contract with the Government of Canada, on the condition that they were deployed as part of a military mission under the authority of the Canadian Forces, that have, on or after October 7, 2001, died or been wounded under honourable circumstances as a direct result of hostile action on the condition that the wounds that were sustained required treatment by a physician and the treatment has been documented.
The Medal may also be awarded posthumously to any member of the Canadian Forces who served on or after 7 October 2001 in the Regular Force, Primary Reserve, Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service or Canadian Rangers, or any member of the Supplementary Reserve who served in or with one of the components aforementioned on or after 7 October 2001, and dies under honourable circumstances as a result of an injury or disease related to military service.
When a death is obviously related to service, the SM will be issued immediately. When the cause of death is not clear, the SM will only be issued once Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) has officially determined that the death was related to military service, in such a case, delays are to be expected before the SM can be awarded.
South-West Asia Service Medal (SWASM)
The South-West Asia Service Medal recognizes the participation of CF members deployed or in direct support of the operations against terrorism in South-West Asia. The medal is awarded to those employed in direct support, and the AFGHANISTAN bar is added for those deployed into the theatre of operations.
The South-West Asia Service Medal is awarded for a minimum of 90 days cumulative service in direct support of operations against terrorism in South West Asia from 11 September 2001 to 31 July 2009. Direct support occurs when a member is deployed to a unit or organization outside Canada but not into a specific theatre of operations, and where his or her primary duty is to provide direct assistance on a full-time basis to the operations against terrorism in South-West Asia.
The medal with AFGHANISTAN bar is awarded for 30 days cumulative service between 11 September 2001 and 31 Jul 2009 in the theatre of operations, which is a subset of the United States Central Command Area of Operation Responsibility (USCENTCOM AOR). The theatre of operations is defined as the land, sea, or air spaces of Afghanistan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, Suez Canal and those parts of the Indian Ocean north of 5° South Latitude and west of 68° East Longitude.
UN Mission in Bosnia – Herzegovina (UNMIBH)
This Mission was established in 15 December 1995 for a period of one year from the transfer of authority from the United Nations Protection Force (UNPF) to the multinational implementation force (IFOR). The main tasks of the United Nations civilian police force include: monitoring, observing and inspecting law enforcement activities; training and advising law enforcement personnel; facilitating, within the International Police Task Force mission of assistance, the parties’ law enforcement activities; and ensuring the existence of conditions for free and fair elections.
Awarded for 90 days consecutive service between 21 December 1995 to 31 December 2002. The Canadian contribution ended in February 2000.

Service Notes: Cpl. Paul James Davis was serving with the second battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry based in CFB Shilo in Manitoba, when he was deployed as part of Canada's role to fight the war on terrorism. The Bridgewater-born soldier was part of a convoy accompanying high-ranking allied officials to a special meeting in southern Kandahar. Mr. Davis learned of his son's orders on the same day he made the supreme sacrifice - March 2, 2006. The soldiers taking part said a prayer prior to leaving in a Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV), in which Cpl. Davis would be the gunner. The officer in charge, wanting to maintain a professional presence, declined another soldier's desire to wear a good luck hat. Canadian Forces officials told Mr. Davis that the LAV was travelling 60 to 70 km/h. Drivers are trained to maintain speeds and not stop or slow down for anything or anyone unless ordered to do so. The LAV's usual driver was ill on this day, so another soldier went behind the wheel. They were just five kilometres from base when a taxi came barrelling toward the same intersection the convoy was approaching. Sometimes civilian vehicles are equipped with explosives and made to be makeshift mobile bombs. Determining the car not to be a threat, the officer in charge declined to give Cpl. Davis the order to fire.
Enlisted: January 1998 Shilo, Manitoba
Pre/Post War: Paul was loved by everyone from my side of his family and will be so greatly missed. There were weeklong canoe trips he and I took alone. We spent many summer days with uncles, aunts and cousins at family cottages. Golf games and ski trips to the United States added to the fun. His grandparents, Paul and Mildred Davis, who are no longer with us, loved him deeply

Deceased: March 02, 2006 at Kandahar, Afghanistan
Cemetery OAKRIDGE Memory Gardens Nova Scotia, Canada
Obituary: Cpl. Paul Davis was remembered "as a valued brother and an inspirational and honourable Canadian soldier'. Davis, married and the father of two young children, was the gunner in the vehicle when it careened off the road. An Afghan interpreter and six Canadian soldiers were also injured. Davis, who grew up near Halifax and Bridgewater, N.S., leaves behind his wife and two daughters, age 5 and 3.
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Cpl Paul James Davis
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Medals and Commendations
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Sacrifice Medal (SM)
South-West Asia Service Medal (SWASM)
UN Mission in Bosnia – Herzegovina (UNMIBH)

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A temporary memorial was set-up at Camp Nathan Smith for the memorial service held for Master Corporal Timothy Wilson and Corporal Paul Davis on 6 March 2006.
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