Maj Paeta Derek Hess-von Kruedener

Maj Paeta Derek Hess-von Kruedener

Birth
Canada
Death 25 Jul 2006 (aged 44)
Lebanon
Burial Hamilton, Hamilton Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Plot Section 14 Row 12 Lot 10
Memorial ID 15695195 · View Source
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Recipient of Meritorious Service Cross and Canadian Forces Decoration
Sacrifice Medal (posthumous)


Canadian soldier killed while serving as a United Nations peacekeeper at an observation base, in the Khiyam area of southern Lebanon, which was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike. The attack also killed UN observers from Austria, China and Finland.

He was an infantry officer with the Edmonton-based Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry for 20 years. He had been serving with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) since October 2005 and had three months left on his one-year mission. The UNTSO mandate in the area is to assist the parties in supervising the application and observance of General Armistice Agreements concluded separately between Israel and Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.

Maj. Hess-von Kruedener previously served as a UN observer in Cyprus, Democratic Republic of Congo and Bosnia, and as an instructor at the Peace Support Training Centre at CFB Kingston, ON. Aged 44, he is survived by his spouse Cynthia Hess-von Kruedener of Kingston, daughter Kirsten, stepson Jonah Rosson, parents Gerry and Shirlee Hess, and sister Tonya Hess.

April 24, 2007 citation:
Major Hess-von Kruedener is awarded the Meritorious Service Cross posthumously for his outstanding performance and dedication to duty while serving at a United Nations observation post in the Khiam area of southern Lebanon. When the conflict erupted, Major Hess-von Kruedener knew he could not be evacuated, yet he steadfastly maintained his position while reporting the situation as it presented itself, until he was killed on duty on July 25, 2006. A Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry officer, Major Hess-von Kruedener brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

*Thanks to ohSunnyOne for the grave photos


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  • Created by: Milou
  • Added: 10 Sep 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15695195
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Paeta Derek Hess-von Kruedener (25 Jun 1962–25 Jul 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15695195, citing Woodland Cemetery, Hamilton, Hamilton Municipality, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Milou (contributor 46858724) .