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Friendly Fire

Heroes Remember

It was the middle of the night when it happened. Our, our company was actually scheduled to be on the range that night, but we got bumped off while the other company was doing their firing. You could hear the, the range itself was attached to our camp. It was very close and our camp was well lit. The range itself was dark, but it was very close to our camp. So how it could happen I don't know. We heard it, we heard the blast very clearly from, from where we were laying. It was the middle of the night as I say. I mean, you could hear, everyone heard something, we didn't know what it was and we all pretty well went back to sleep after, but you could hear it. It was quite a loud blast and you could hear it quite distinctively from where we were. It was quite a shock the next morning when we got news of what happened. A friend of mine, a good friend of mine was injured in the blast and he still has some injuries from, from that.

Mr. Grossinger talks about being in Afghanistan when four soldiers where lost to friendly fire.

Darcy Grossinger

Mr.Grossinger was born in 1969 in Germany, and was raised on army bases around the world due to his father’s service in the Canadian Forces. Seeking adventure and the opportunity to travel, Mr.Grossinger enlisted in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in November of 1989. He became a rifleman and climbed the ranks quickly becoming a corporal. In the fall of 1992, Mr.Grossinger was given his first assignment overseas in Croatia with the United Nations Peacekeeping operations. Over the course of the six month tour, Mr.Grossinger did many jobs, including releif convoys, escorts and patrolling missions. It wasn’t until 1997, and again in 2000, Mr.Grossinger would return to that area, only this time he was stationed in Bosnia under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Shortly after his 2000 tour in Bosnia, he was sent as part of an American brigade doing sensitive site exploration in the challenging mountains of Afganistan.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
November 15, 2005
Person Interviewed:
Darcy Grossinger
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI)

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