|Birth: ||Sep. 29, 1983, Canada|
|Death: ||Jul. 6, 2009, Afghanistan|
Corporal, a gunner with 3e Batallion, Royal 22e Régiment based at Valcartier, near Québec City. Aged 25, from St. Calixte, QC. He was deployed with the Canadian contingent of NATO forces serving in Afghanistan.
Cpl Joannette, MCpl Pat Audet and a British soldier, Capt Ben Babington-Browne, died when their Griffon helicopter crashed during a mission near a forward operating base in Zabul province about 80 kilometres northeast of Kandahar City. Three other Canadian soldiers were slightly injured and the two pilots also survived. A flight safety investigation was underway to determine the cause of the crash. The military has ruled out enemy action.
Cpl Joannette, who enlisted in 2001, was on his third deployment in Afghanistan and he had already spoken about returning for a fourth. His commander described him as a proud and devoted infantryman who excelled in adversity. He was always ready to push forward and lead others through because in his eyes, nothing was insurmountable. Martin was remembered as a generous man with a heart of gold and an infectious smile. He leaves behind his wife Marie-Eve Dionne, his parents Manon Gibeau and Claude Joannette, brother Sébastien, grandparents and extended family.
Recipient of General Campaign Star - International Security Assistance Force, Sacrifice Medal (posthumous).
Funeral service held on Saturday, July 18, 2009 in the Chapelle Ste-Jeanne d'Arc at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier.
There have been 124 Canadian military fatalities since the start of the Afghanistan conflict in 2002. One diplomat and two aid workers have also died.
*Sincere thanks to SusanR for her generous sponsorship of this memorial.
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Created by: Milou
Record added: Jul 07, 2009
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