|Birth: ||Nov. 3, 1982|
|Death: ||Aug. 11, 2006|
Recipient of Sacrifice Medal (posthumous)
Corporal and a member of the medical unit, 1 Field Ambulance, based in Edmonton, Alberta. Aged 23. He was deployed with the Canadian contingent of NATO forces in Afghanistan. Survived by his parents Hans and Maureen, his brothers Steven (Shannon) and Gordon (Fiona), his two nephews and his aunts and uncles.
He was killed by a suicide bomber in a vehicle attack while travelling with a NATO resupply convoy near the town of Spin Boldak, approximately 100 km southeast of Kandahar City, Afghanistan.
Cpl Eykelenboom is the first Canadian military medic killed in action since the Korean War. His six-month tour was almost over when he died and he looked forward to his return in less than a month to relax with family and meet his new baby nephew.
His family allowed the release of the last email and photo he sent to his parents:
"Hi Mom and Dad:
Well, I finally got the picture you have been waiting for. About two weeks ago a little girl brought her infant sister to the Unit Medical Station while I was on duty. She had 2nd degree burns on her hand from touching a kettle. I bandaged her hand and after gave a doll that your friend made to her. She instantly stopped crying and started sucking on the nose of the doll. A special thanks goes from her older sister to your friend for such a wonderful gift; and a thanks from me for being the one to accept her gratitude. Making the children happy is the most rewarding thing about this tour.
Boomer's Legacy, a registered charitable fund set up by his family, gives every cent of its donated money to the Assistance to Afghanistan Trust Fund. It in turn puts cash quickly and with a minimum of red tape into the hands of Canadian soldiers who see a need for aid to local Afghan women and children. It has raised $128,000 as of July 2008. www.boomerslegacy.ca
*Sincere thanks to J.Sullivan for her generous sponsorship of this memorial page.
*Thanks to brainmd for the grave photo.
Courtenay Civic Cemetery
Comox Valley Regional District
British Columbia, Canada
Created by: Milou
Record added: Oct 14, 2006
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