Canadian Forces CF (Canadian Forces)
ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Cpl Fitzpatrick Darren James
Rank: Corporal
Cpl
Service Number: R33 756 738
Born: Jun 01, 1988 Prince George, British Columbia
Discharged: Died Of Wounds

Served In:Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Service Details :


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: Aged 21, he was from Prince George, British Columbia. He joined the military in 2006 and proved to be an excellent shot while in basic training. "Fitz" deployed in October 2009 on his first operational tour of duty. Colleagues remember him as honest and straight-forward, a bit of a jokester who loved a good laugh. He was also known for his love of the outdoors, target shooting, archery, football and snowboarding.
Enlisted: December 18, 2006 Edmonton AB
Pre/Post War:

Deceased: March 20, 2010 at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Cemetery: PRINCE GEORGE Municipal Cemetery Prince George, Canada
Obituary: Surrounded by family and friends, Cpl Fitzpatrick died at the University of Alberta Hospital as a result of wounds he sustained two weeks earlier in Afghanistan. He was critically injured by an improvised explosive device during a joint Canadian/Afghan foot patrol 25 km west of Kandahar City in Zhari district on March 6, 2010. After the explosion, he was treated at the Kandahar airfield hospital, then moved to Landstuhl Regional Medical Centre in Germany before being flown to Edmonton. Cpl Fitzpatrick is survived by his parents James and Colleen, brothers Michael and Sean, large extended family and many friends. His family said, "Darren will be missed terribly by his family, friends and many people who loved him and were fortunate enough to have known him in this life. Despite our grief, we are immensely proud of Darren as such an incredible young man."
       


Cpl Darren James Fitzpatrick

Medals and Commendations
(In Order):

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

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Book of Remembrance



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Cpl Darren Fitzpatrick, wearing a poppy pin, is shown on the left.
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