To Honour Canada's Military

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.
United Nations Command (UNC) United Nations Command (UNC)

Peacekeepers monitor and observe peace processes in post-conflict areas and assist ex-combatants in implementing the peace agreements they may have signed. Such assistance comes in many forms, including confidence-building measures, power-sharing arrangements, electoral support, strengthening the rule of law, and economic and social development. Accordingly, UN peacekeepers (often referred to as Blue Berets or Blue Helmets because of their light blue berets or helmets) can include soldiers, police officers, and civilian personnel.
Canadian Airborne Regiment Canadian Airborne Regiment

The main proponent of the Airborne was General Jean Victor Allard who, as commander of the Army (i.e. Mobile Command) and then Chief of Defence Staff, created it between 1965 and 1968 as a large rapid-reaction, light mobile force, suitable for overseas brigade-size missions. It was designed as a flexible short-term immediate response available to the government when it accepted an overseas reinforcement or intervention mission within NATO, or elsewhere.

Battle Honours
Cpl Abel Michael David
Rank: Corporal Cpl
Service Number: B15166486
Born: Dec 12, 1965 Comox, British Columbia
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Peacekeeping
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: United Nations Command (UNC)
Regiment: Canadian Airborne Regiment
Dag Hammarskjöld Dag Hammarskjöld
The Dag Hammarskjöld Medal is a posthumous award given by the United Nations (UN) to military personnel, police, or civilians who lose their lives while serving in a United Nations peacekeeping operation. The medal is named after Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, who died in a plane crash in what is now Zambia in September 1961.
Service Details :

Somalia Medal
The Somalia medal recognises the participation of CF members that have taken part in the coalition mission in Somalia to help stabilise the country from civil war, and to help deliver humanitarian aid. A person enrolled in, attached to or working with the Canadian Forces may be awarded this medal if the person served a minimum of 90 cumulative days of honourable service in the theatre of operations during the period beginning on November 16, 1992 and ending on June 30,1993 provided that this service has not been recognized by another medal.
Canadian Peace Keeping Service Medal (CPSM)
The prestigious Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to all United Nations Peacekeepers in 1988 in recognition of their collective efforts in the cause of peace. This inspired the creation of the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal (CPSM) to acknowledge the unique contribution to peace that Canadian peacekeepers have made since 1947.

Service Notes: Michael Abel was the only Canadian casualty in Somalia and a paratrooper with the Petawawa-based Canadian Airborne Regiment. He had been sent over on a six-month peacekeeping mission. The B.C. native was set to return home in two weeks when a rifle being cleaned by a fellow soldier discharged accidentally, killing Michael.
Enlisted: February 7, 1985
Pre/Post War: The flag of the Canadian Airborne Regiment, 3 Commando, that flew over the force's base in Belet Huen in Somalia was presented to Abel after her son was killed. It is ripped in places, but serves as a daily reminder for Abel of the sacrifices made by her son and the other soldiers sent over to help the starving people of Somalia. When Abel told his mother that he was going to Somalia, she immediately had the unshakeable feeling that she would never see him again.

Deceased: May 03, 1993 at Belet Uen, Somalia
Cemetery *Cremated* ,
Obituary: Son of David and Diana Abel of Sidney, British Columbia. Brother of Laura Abel.
The medals and information on this page have not been verified by Family, Friends or historical document. To help us make this page more accurate and complete please email to request any changes or to help us verify any medals or commendations.
Cpl Michael David Abel on other official websites
Canadian Virtual
War Memorial

Researched By: Sean Wilson

Cpl Michael David Abel
Printable Version
Medals and Commendations
(In Order):

Somalia Medal
Canadian Peace Keeping Service Medal (CPSM)

Page 195 from 7th
Book of Remembrance

(Click to Enlarge)

Clicking Thumbnail will enlarge image