Sergeant, from 1 Combat Engineer Regiment, based in Edmonton, Alberta. He was serving with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group deployed with the Canadian contingent of NATO forces serving in Afghanistan.
Sgt Goudreault was killed after an improvised explosive device detonated during a foot patrol near the village of Nakhonay in the Panjwai District, about 15 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City.
Aged 35, he was a native of Sudbury, Ontario. He grew up in Red Deer, AB where he was an army cadet and later graduated from a high school in Timmins, ON. Sgt Goudreault was described as a model soldier who was recognized early in his career for his leadership. A 15 year veteran, he was on his fifth overseas deployment and the third in Afghanistan. Known as "Marty", he will be remembered as a tireless leader who was passionate about his work.
His awards and decorations include: NATO for Former Republic of Macedonia (NATO-FYROM), Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal, South-West Asia Service Medal (SWASM), General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA), Canadian Forces Decoration (CD), Sacrifice Medal (Posthumous).
Sgt Goudreault leaves behind his parents Aurel and Micheline Goudreault, younger sisters Chantal (Tyson Rohovich) and Valerie (John Malinowski) and their children, along with other relatives and friends.
Funeral Mass was celebrated on June 15, 2010 at the Notre Dame de Bon Secours Church in Belle-Vallée, Ontario.
Canada has lost 147 military personnel since the Afghanistan mission began in 2002. One diplomat, a journalist and two aid workers have also died.
*Thanks to Mama Bear for the grave photo