Sunday, August 08, 2010

Erik Berre Rolandsen . Jimmi Bøgebjerg Petersen

Friday 7th August. Two Danish soldiers were killed when their APC was hit by an explosive device in Helmand Province. Afghanistan. Erik Berre Rolandsen, 26, and Jimmi Bøgebjerg Petersen, 28. Bravo-Company. 1st Battalion. Royal Life Guards.

Erik Berre Rolandsen was drafted to the military in October 2004 and served as a musician until 2005. From May 2006 until the end of 2007 he served with the Life Guards Tambourkorps and Guards Company. From January 2008 he joined the Mechanised Infantry Company of the Royal Lie Guards 1st Battalion and in January of 2010 he was deployed to Afghanistan. He leaves a wife and two young children.

I don't even want to imagine what his wife is going through right now. As much as I appreciate the bravery and sacrifice of our troops, I can't understand why a father of two young children would volunteer for combat duty in Afghanistan.

Jimmi Bøgebjerg Petersen finished his national service in 2001. He rejoined the military in February 2007 and served with the Royal Life Guards 1st Battalion. In August 2007 he was deployed to Afghanistan where he was wounded on 20th September of that year. After recovery and therapy in Danmark he returned to Afghanistan in 2008 and finished his tour. He was awarded the Military Medal for having been wounded in the line of duty.

On 1st August he joined the Mechanised Infantry Company of the Royal Life Guards and returned to Afghanistan in 2010. Jimmi Bøgebjerg Petersen was single.

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