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Darrell Jason Priede

In memory of:

Master Corporal Darrell Jason Priede

May 30, 2007


Military Service




Air Force


Air Operations Branch


Land Force Atlantic Area Headquarters (LFAA HQ)


Sacrifice Medal (posthumous)

Additional Information


April 2, 1977
Burlington, Ontario

Son of Roxanne Marie Priede (2012 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother) of Grand Forks, British Columbia. Brother of Denise Priede. Husband of Angela Dawn Priede.

Master Corporal Darrell Jason Priede, a military image technician serving with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Regional Command (South) headquartered at Kandahar Airfield, was killed when the Chinook helicopter he was a passenger in crashed in Kajaki, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on May 30, 2007.

Darrell was born in 1977 in Burlington, Ontario. Two years later, the Priede family moved to Greenwood and later Grand Forks, British Columbia, where he graduated from the Grand Forks Secondary School. In 1996, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces where he served as a gunner in the Royal Canadian Artillery and two tours in Bosnia. After his second tour, he transferred to the Air Force where he served as a photographer. He was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan during Operation Athena a military offensive against the Taliban. He had been serving in Afghanistan a little more than one month before the helicopter crash.

Master Corporal Priede is survived by his wife, Angela Dawn (Mitchell) Priede, with whom he had just marked his four-year anniversary (May 14, 2003) before his passing. He was 30 years old and the 56th Canadian soldier to be killed in Afghanistan.

In honour of Master Corporal Priede, the Canadian Armed Forces have instituted the Master Corporal Darrell J. Priede Top Candidate Award for the seven-week Army News Course which began in the fall of 2007.

Commemorated on Page 225 of the In the Service of Canada (1947 - 2014) Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


New Brunswick, Canada

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Digital Collection

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  • Plaque– This was the laser engraved granite plaque that we designed to mark the unfortunate passing of Cpl Priede.  

It was originally displayed at the Kandahar Cenotaph from the date of his passing - and was repatriated to Canada in 2014.  

Today, it can be seen at the Afghanistan War Memorial located at National Defence Headquarters in Kanata, On.  

Rod A. McLeod, Designer
  • Grave marker– Grave marker of MCpl Darrell Jason PRIEDE at Fredericton (Forest Hill) Cemetery, Fredericton NB, Canada.
(Photo credit: Captain (Ret'd) E.L.L. Gaudet, CD)
  • Photo of Darrell Jason Priede– Master Corporal Darrell Jason Priede, a military Imagery Technician serving with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Regional Command (South) Headquarters at Kandahar Airfield, was killed when the helicopter in which he was a passenger went down at approximately 9 p.m. Kandahar time on May 30, 2007 near the town of Kajaki, Helmand Province, about 95 kms northwest of Kandahar City.  Master Corporal Priede was a member of the Army News Team from 3 Area Support Group, based at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, New Brunswick.  Photo: Canadian Forces Image Gallery

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