As many NZers celebrated at the news that a Kiwi had got the VC saving a wounded comrade in Afghanistan, I am sure equally as many will feel a sense of sadness to hear an American New Zealander, Phil Goff’s nephew, was killed this week in Afghanistan.
Lieutenant Matthew Ferrara was serving with the United States Army and had graduated from West Point only in May 2005.
Any tragic death is hard to cope with. It’s probably harder when your profile makes it a public event. Condolences to the Goffs during this incredibly sad time, which reminds us the cost of freedom is sometimes considerable.