Cpl. Paul Davis, who was killed Thursday near Kandahar, turned down an assignment that would have kept him home in Canada because he wanted to join his friends in Afghanistan, his family said.
Jim Davis and his son Cpl. Paul Davis, a Canadian soldier from Bridgewater, N.S.
"He had this sense of duty, but [also] comradeship with the other people he had been training with. He felt he wanted to go with them," Jim Davis said in an interview from his home in Bridgewater, N.S.
"I am an extremely proud dad," he added. "I'm very proud of my son Paul. I believed in what he was doing, 100 per cent."
Paul Davis was married and had two children, aged three and five.
"I believe Paul died serving his country and serving the free world and that's the message I would like to get out," his father said.
Cpl. Davis' family are are hurting deeply today, but they also honour their son's memory by honouring the noble cause he died serving.
For every media exhibitionist who uses their sons' and husbands' coffins as platforms, there are thousands like Jim Davis who bear their loss with the courage and dignity that their deceased loved ones showed in their service.
Go with God, Corporal.