Canadian Forces CF (Canadian Forces)
ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
The Royal Canadian Regiment
The Royal Canadian Regiment
MCpl Vernelli Scott Francis
Rank: Master Corporal
MCpl
Service Number: H56 887 838
Born: May 06, 1980 Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In:Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: The Royal Canadian Regiment
Service Details :
1st Battalion. He and Cpl Tyler Crooks were killed, and five others wounded, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their patrol in the Zhari District approximately 40 kilometres west of Kandahar City.


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: Chuck Vernelli's said he and his wife, Ruth, their son, Sean, 33, and his many other family members are "really proud of Scott." "Scott was proud to serve his country. It was an ambition he looked at with great pride and respect. He always knew the danger, but he also knew what it meant to the people he was helping," said Chuck Vernelli. He died when an improvised explosive device exploded near their patrol in the Zhari district, about 40 kilometres west of Kandahar. "His main reason (to be in Afghanistan) was to help them achieve freedom and democracy," said Vernelli. "He was loved and respected by all his friends."
Enlisted: January 5, 2000 CFB Petawawa
Pre/Post War: MCpl Vernelli enlisted in January 2000 and was awarded the General Campaign Star (ISAF). He was on his third tour of Afghanistan and due home within a few weeks. He was remembered for his sarcastic but genuine sense of humour, impeccable sense of style, terrific athleticism, cooking skills and his passion for family and friends. An ardent Boston Bruins fan, he also played goaltender on the base hockey team at Petawawa.

Deceased: March 20, 2009 at Western Zahri District, Afghanistan
Cemetery: NATIONAL Military Cemetery (Beechwood) Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Obituary: While serving his country in Afghanistan, on Friday March 20, 2009 at the age of 28 years. Scott Vernelli of Pembroke, beloved husband of Marcie Lane. Much loved father of Olivia. Dear son of Chuck and Ruth Vernelli and brother of Sean Vernelli all of Sault Ste. Marie ON. Scott will be sadly missed by all his in-laws, aunts, uncles, nephews, cousins and friends. Scott is survived by his wife Cpl Marcie Lane and their infant daughter Olivia, parents Chuck and Ruth, brother Sean (wife Carrie and children) and extended family.
       


MCpl Scott Francis Vernelli

Medals and Commendations
(In Order):

Sacrifice Medal (SM)
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)

Page 233 from 7th
Book of Remembrance



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Cpl Scott Vernelli (foreground) and another soldier in the Zhari district in March 2009