Fallen troops arrive home

Last updated 15:00 05/09/2012

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It was with dignity and heartbreak that three Aussie heroes were welcomed home today.

The bodies of Lance Corporal Stjepan Milosevic, known as Rick to friends and family, Sapper James Martin and Private Robert Poate, arrived at the RAAF Base Amberley, near Brisbane, one week after they were killed in Afghanistan.

The Brisbane based Australians from the 3RAR Task Group were shot dead by a rogue Afghan soldier at Patrol Base Wahab on the evening of August 29 in what is known as a green on blue attack.

Two other soldiers were wounded in the assault.

In what has been called one of the nation's darkest days, two other Australian soldiers, Lance Corporal Mervyn McDonald and Private Nathanael Galagher, both from the Special Operations Task Group were killed in a ISAF helicopter crash on the morning of August 30.

The bodies of the commandos have been flown to RAAF Base Richmond in New South Wales.

Chief of the Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison and other defence personnel stood in support of the three Brisbane-based soldier's families as the plane carrying their loved ones arrived at Amberley.

The five men were farewelled in a moving ceremony at Tarin Kot and carried into the Royal Australian C-130 Hercules aircraft by fellow soldiers for their final journey home.

The three soldiers, whose bodies arrived at Amberley shortly after 12.30pm, were all based at the Gallipoli Barracks at Enoggera.

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- Brisbane Times

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