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PostSubject: Town mourns loss of soldier   June 23rd 2010, 2:18 am

The death of a Queensland soldier in Afghanistan reminds everyone of the sacrifices Australia's armed forces make for the nation, a local mayor says.

Commando Ben Chuck, 27, from Yungaburra near Cairns, was among three Australian soldiers killed when their helicopter went down in Afghanistan on Monday.

Seven other soldiers, from the Special Operations Task Group, were injured, with two in a very serious condition.

Jason Chuck has told how his brother was getting excited about coming home early next month.

"He was starting to get excited about coming home - he was due home in two weeks' time," he told the ABC.

"It's been the best six years of his life," Mr Chuck said, adding that his brother's military service had seen him blossom "into a great man".

"His loss will be deeply felt by everyone who knows him."

Tablelands Regional Council mayor Tom Gilmore said Yungaburra, which is home to Private Chuck's family, was in mourning.

"What a tragedy," Mr Gilmore told AAP. "Very often we take our military and the things they do on our behalf very much for granted.

"We see it as some sort of national group that do things for us - we don't really see them as individuals, but every one of those individuals is precious to us.

"They do things for us we cannot do for ourselves.

"They're brave people, they're hard people and when one of them loses his life it focuses people on the fact these magnificent Australians are out there doing what needs to be done.

"They take all the risks for us."

Mr Gilmore said the town would rally around Private Chuck's family.

"I would expect the whole community will come together with the family and mourn their loss."

Private Chuck leaves behind his parents, a sister, and his partner.

He joined the army in 2004 through the Special Forces Direct Recruiting Scheme and was on his third tour of Afghanistan.

"Private Chuck was an outstanding commando who was highly trained and excelled at all he attempted," the defence department said in a statement.

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PostSubject: Re: Town mourns loss of soldier   June 23rd 2010, 3:21 am

RIP.

and i heard this morning that the 7 injured r on their way to Germany to receive better medical care, so fingers crossed they r on the way home soon

and also heard that they've done a poll and 70% of people want our soldiers home and there a guy today giving a statement about when we should expect our soldiers to start pulling out
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PostSubject: Re: Town mourns loss of soldier   June 23rd 2010, 4:27 am

i think they should be home. this isnt our war, bring them home
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PostSubject: Re: Town mourns loss of soldier   June 25th 2010, 5:55 pm

very sad
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