Monday, August 18, 2008

French soldier, Kevin Chassaing, killed in Taliban firefight

One of the ten French soldiers killed in a Taliban ambush, 18th August 2008, Kevin Chassaing, was a member of the 8e RĂ©giment Parachutiste d Infanterie de Marine. They were struck by small arms and rocket propelled grenades. 

Kevin Chassaing
Kevin wanted to be buried in Rions en Gironde, a community where he had spent his youth, and where his family still lived. Many relatives attended the funeral surrounded by villagers and veterans of past conflicts.

Private 1st Class Kevin Chassaing was born in Begles, then his parents settled in Cadillac and then Rions. The family has a vault in the town cemetery. Like most of his fallen comrades, Kevin was posthumously promoted to the rank of Corporal.

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