Corporal, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Newfoundland Regiment, based in Corner Brook, NL. He was a reservist deployed with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group serving with the Canadian contingent of NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Cpl Pinksen died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany of wounds sustained eight days earlier on August 22 in Afghanistan. He and another soldier were injured when an improvised explosive device detonated during a routine foot patrol near Nakhonay, in the Panjwai district, southwest of Kandahar City. They were treated by medics at the scene, evacuated by helicopter to the hospital at Kandahar Airfield and then moved on August 25 to Germany for further treatment. Cpl Pinksen's his mother and girlfriend were at his bedside when he passed away.
Aged 21, he was from Sop's Arm, NL and finished school in Corner Brook. He joined the reserves while still in high school. He took part in infantry training at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in New Brunswick and in 2009 at Fort Pickett, a U.S. Army National Guard base in Virginia. He deployed on his first operational tour of duty to Afghanistan in May 2010. Described as mature and well-liked, he loved to hunt, exercise and being outdoors. He was a fun-loving prankster with a great sense of humour.
He received the General Campaign Star – South-West Asia and the Sacrifice Medal.
Cpl Pinksen leaves behind his mother Debbie Pinksen, younger brothers Brandon and Blair Pinksen, father Neil Pinksen, girlfriend Natasha Burton, grandparents Calvin and Millicent Gillingham and Ross and Gertie Pinksen, large extended family and many friends.
Funeral with full military honours was held on September 8, 2010 at the First Pentecostal Church in Corner Brook.
Canada has now lost 152 military personnel since the Afghanistan mission began in 2002. One diplomat, a journalist and two aid workers have also died.
Burial: Pentecostal Cemetery Sops Arm Humber District Census Division Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Created by: Milou Record added: Aug 31, 2010
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