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    Lt Col Andy Hart
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    Gentlemen, Ranger Cupples was a soldier in the Battalion that I think of as home. I joined this forum simply to post a piece on a brave Irish soldier who gave his life protecting the helpless in Liberia and found this while waiting for my registration to be completed.

    Your comments here have almost moved me to tears.

    God bless you.

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  • rod and serpent
    In Arduis Fidelis

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    "On Saturday 20 September, the funeral of Ranger Jason Cupples took place in Vilnius, Lithuania. Major R K, a bugler, a piper and a full Royal Irish Regiment bearer party were present to pay their last respects on behalf of C (Ranger) Company, the Battalion and indeed the Regiment. May Ranger Cupples Rest in Peace."

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  • hedgehog
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    Originally posted by rod and serpent View Post
    Apparently Ranger Cupples was buried in Lithuania aproximately 10 days ago :confused:. Sourse will follow soon.
    God Bless him

    and RIP
    johnny no stars
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    Last edited by johnny no stars; 5 October 2008, 00:06.

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  • rod and serpent
    In Arduis Fidelis

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    Originally posted by Truck Driver View Post
    Hopefully there won't be the same level of horse manure involved in allowing a colour party
    to carry the coffin at the funeral, as there was with the death of L/Cpl Ian Malone RIP.

    RIP Ranger Cupples
    Apparently Ranger Cupples was buried in Lithuania aproximately 10 days ago :confused:. Sourse will follow soon.
    johnny no stars
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    Last edited by johnny no stars; 5 October 2008, 00:06.

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  • Truck Driver
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  • Truck Driver
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    Originally posted by pmtts View Post
    The repatriation ceremony at RAF Lyneham of Ranger Justin James Cupples of 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment

    Hopefully there won't be the same level of horse manure involved in allowing a colour party
    to carry the coffin at the funeral, as there was with the death of L/Cpl Ian Malone RIP.

    RIP Ranger Cupples
    johnny no stars
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    Last edited by johnny no stars; 5 October 2008, 00:06.

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  • pmtts
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    The repatriation ceremony at RAF Lyneham of Ranger Justin James Cupples of 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment

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  • pike
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    Rest off in eternal Peace,

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  • Spook
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    Rest in Peace

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  • jawalsh
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    Rip

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  • spider pig
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    Rest in Peace
    Barry
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    Last edited by Barry; 6 September 2008, 20:02.

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  • DeV
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    Rip

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  • Hello Alaska
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    Rest easy Ranger.
    johnny no stars
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    Last edited by johnny no stars; 6 September 2008, 13:43.

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  • Test Pilot
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    Rest in Peace, Friend.

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  • pmtts
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    RIP

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  • Victor
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    Tributes to bravery and determination of Irish soldier

    Tributes to bravery and determination of Irish soldier

    CONOR LALLY DAN KEENAN and

    THE IRISH soldier killed in Afghanistan while serving in the British army has been named as Ranger Justin Cupples (29), from Co Cavan.

    Mr Cupples was on foot patrol in the Taliban stronghold town of Sangin in northern Helmand province on Thursday morning when an improvised explosive device detonated, rendering him unconscious.

    He was given emergency medical attention at the scene by his colleagues from the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment (RIR). However, his wounds were extensive and he was pronounced dead at 7.30am, about 15 minutes after the explosion.

    He was just weeks away from completing a six-month tour of duty. His remains were taken by helicopter to Camp Bastion field hospital. An interpreter injured in the explosion survived.

    Mr Cupples’s death was the 117th fatality suffered by the British army in Afghanistan since operations began there in 2001. Condolences were expressed by Northern Secretary Shaun Woodward.

    The North’s First Minister Peter Robinson, said of Mr Cupples: “We owe a great debt of gratitude to him and the young people who are fighting to build peace and stability in Afghanistan and protect us from the threat of international terrorism.”

    Mr Cupples is survived by his wife Vilma. Their home is in Virginia, Co Cavan. The dead man was born in the US to Irish parents who moved back to Ireland some years ago and now divide their time between Co Cavan and New York. They were on holiday when they learned of their son’s death.

    Mr Cupples served with the US navy and was stationed on USS Theodore Roosevelt during the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

    He settled in Cavan in 2003 after leaving the US navy. He missed military life and decided to enlist in the British army. After completing his training he joined 1st Battalion, RIR, in 2007.

    In a newspaper interview last October he spoke of his concerns ahead of his deployment to Afghanistan. “I would be lying if I said I wasn’t apprehensive at some level but I’m anxious to go at the same time,” he said.

    He served in Afghanistan under Lieut Paddy Bury from Wicklow, whose Soldier’s Diary describing the platoon’s work in Helmand province concluded in yesterday’s Irish Times.

    Lieut Bury, who is now back in England on other duties, expressed his sorrow yesterday at the death of his colleague.

    “Ranger Cupples was a world-wise and interesting man with as much bravery and determination as he had knowledge. He will be sorely missed.”

    Lieut Col Ed Freely, commanding officer of 1st Battalion, RIR, said: “Justin Cupples was a character. He stood out as such. He was loyal, strong and determined; a very good soldier.”

    The area around Sangin town has been one of the most volatile in Afghanistan in recent months. In July, Royal Irish Ranger Martin Delaney (23), of Lusk, Co Dublin, narrowly avoided being killed by a roadside explosive device.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...629535658.html

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