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Battle Honours
Cpl Eykelenboom Andrew James
Rank: Corporal Cpl
Service Number: D31614744
Born: Nov 03, 1982 Edmonton, Alberta
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: Canadian Forces Medical Service
Service Details :
1st Field Ambulance

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.
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)
This general service award has been created as a means to recognize - in a timelier manner - those who serve in operations in the presence of an armed enemy. Rather than creating a new honour for each new Canadian Forces operation as it arises, the General Campaign Star and General Service Medal - with their theatre or service specific ribbons - can be awarded in future to honour participation in any operation that meets the criteria. The General Campaign Star (GCS) is awarded to members of the Canadian Forces and members of allied forces working with the Canadian Forces who deploy into a defined theatre of operations to take part in operations in the presence of an armed enemy.
The GCS is always issued with a ribbon specific to the theatre or type of service being recognized, and each ribbon has its own criteria.
The GCS with South-West Asia ribbon is awarded to Canadian Forces members and members of allied forces working with the Canadian Forces who served either:
with the Canadian contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan for at least 30 days cumulative between 24 April 2003 and 31 July 2009, in the theatre of operations which consisted of the political boundaries and airspace of Afghanistan; and/or in the theatre of operations consisting of the political boundaries of Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, the Suez Canal and those parts of the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea that are west of sixty-eight degrees East longitude and north of five degrees South latitude, as well as the airspace above those areas for at least 30 cumulative days commencing on August 1, 2009, provided that the service has not been recognized by another service medal.

Service Notes: So much experience he was gaining in the field, in Afghanistan. It was Eykelenboom - he was wearily accustomed to spelling out that mouthful of a surname - who was credited, later, for saving the life of an Afghan interpreter who'd born the full brunt of an RPG attack against the G-Wagon in which he was riding, struck during an ambush. That was near the start of the Battle of Pashmul, the fierce engagement waged by Task Force Orion - the Canadian battlegroup - alongside Afghan troops against the Taliban, right in the enemy's wheelhouse west of Kandahar City.
Enlisted: Edmonton, Alberta
Pre/Post War: Known to his mother as Andy, his brothers and civilian friends as Andrew, his military comrades as "Boomer". Born: November 3, 1982 at the Misericordia Community Hospital in Edmonton Alberta. Where he later volunteered and completed some of his medical work experience. He was the youngest of three boys, Steven was older by 7 yrs and 4 months and Gordon by 4 yrs and 6 months. Andrew, as the youngest was protected and also picked upon, but he soon learnt to stand up for himself. As he grew into a young man, his relationships with his brothers became closer and they would have fun doing their crazy outdoors pursuits. His mission in life was to help people and he believed that the best way to do this was to learn the craft of a lifesaver and join a cause he believed in. He focused on ensuring the people around him were appreciated for who they are and looked for openings to show the benefits of faith and friendship. Andrew's nickname was "Boomer." In tribute to Andrew and to carry on his work, the Misericordia community has launched a "Boomer Cap" initiative. The "Boomer Cap" is a handmade cap that can be given to newborn babies to help keep them warm.

Deceased: August 11, 2006 at Spin Boldak, Afghanistan
Cemetery COURTENAY (MUNICIPAL) Cemetery British Columbia, Canada
Obituary: Corporal and a member of the medical unit, 1 Field Ambulance, based in Edmonton, Alberta. Aged 23. He was deployed with the Canadian contingent of NATO forces in Afghanistan. Survived by his parents Hans and Maureen, his brothers Steven (Shannon) and Gordon (Fiona), his two nephews and his aunts and uncles. He was killed by a suicide bomber in a vehicle attack while travelling with a NATO resupply convoy near the town of Spin Boldak, approximately 100 km southeast of Kandahar City, Afghanistan.
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Cpl Andrew James Eykelenboom
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Medals and Commendations
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Sacrifice Medal (SM)
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)

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