RIP Cliff Mila

February 16th, 2011 at 12:55 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

The New Zealand solider killed in a vehicle crash in has been named.

Private Kirifi Mila, 27, died when the Humvee vehicle he was in rolled down a steep 30m cliff in Afghanistan’s north east Bamyan province. Three other soldiers were injured in the crash.

The incident happened about midday local time on Tuesday (9pm NZT) while the soldiers were on a routine patrol near Ferosak village, 14km east of their base in Bamiyan.

Private Mila – also known as Cliff – was born in Western Samoa and joined the New Zealand Army in 2006. He was deployed to Afghanistan last year as part of the 2nd 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment based in Burnham Military Camp.

He had been due to return to New Zealand in April.

A very sad accident, not caused by combat – but still while on active service. Condolences to his family, colleagues and friends.

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17 Responses to “RIP Cliff Mila”

  1. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    Is this to be a precedent? A post about everyone killed in a traffic accident, or just the soldiers?

    [DPF: 20 demerits. You can debate my choice of whom to recognise in general debate, but an RIP thread is not the place for such a debate]

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  2. big bruv (13,887 comments) says:

    That’s about as low as one can go Jack.

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  3. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    Year to date road deaths in New Zealand – 38.

    Year to date Beehive flag at half mast – 1

    Note the discrepancy?

    I am sure Mila’s death is a tragedy to his friends, family and workmates, but I am guessing the 38 kiwis also have grieving family, friends and workmates.

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  4. reversespin (69 comments) says:

    Jack,

    Private Mila died while serving his country abroad. He died while manning a machine gun in the turret of his vehicle – a very dangerous job. He dies while patrolling the most hostile area that the PRT operates in.

    I don’t think the other 38 died in anything like the same circumstances.

    If you want to increase reporting or highlight the circumstances of the other 38, fine, go ahead and do it. But don’t detract from this incident.

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  5. YesWeDid (1,048 comments) says:

    MyNameisJack: The reason the death of a solider has a higher prominence than others killed in a similar manner is because he was serving our country.

    As politicians make the decisions that see our armed forces put into dangerous situations then politicians are normally quick to respond when someone is killed and so are the media.

    In reality Private Kirifi Mila’s death is no more or less important than the 38 people killed on our roads so far this year, it’s just more news worthy.

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  6. Jimmy (16 comments) says:

    Jack get a clue.

    Pte Mila was the gunner, meaning he was in a turret, and his body was half in and half out of the vehicle. When it rolled on the treacherous Afghan roads, he was of course at a far higher risk than any driver in NZ.

    The operational conditions that our serving soldiers are under are completely different to those of drivers here in NZ. You simply cannot compare the two. This death is a direct result of the operational threat posed by the enemy.

    Jack, your insensitive and ignorant comment denigrates the memory of a fallen hero. PTE Mila died serving his country. RIP.

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  7. gravedodger (1,566 comments) says:

    Mynameisjack, what I would like to say to you is not appropriate here but I for one am very grateful members of the NZDF take their oath and serve my country and my government.

    RIP Pte ‘Cliff’ Mila, my sincere condolences to your family, your comrades and to your friends.
    Murray.

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  8. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    Very sad.

    Died serving a country he wasnt even born in.

    RIP Private Mila

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  9. Fale Andrew Lesa (473 comments) says:

    Thank you for recognising this unfortunate incident David, it has been received with regret from the extended Samoan communities and we’re grieving together for this soul.

    A few words in my native tongue:

    Ua tagi le fatu ma le eleele, ia manuia le malaga MILA!

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  10. BeaB (2,123 comments) says:

    Unfortunately Jack is not alone. Our appalling state TV tonight not only opened with Barbie saying a ‘troop’ had been killed but then turned it into one of their ‘reveals’ and wheeled out one of their reporters who had been right there – months ago.
    When will they learn we want the news reported to us, we don’t need it packaged and when one of our servicemen has died in the line of duty, it is time for dignity and solemnity.
    TVNZ is a disgrace.
    My heart goes out to the family of that fine young man.

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  11. lesterpk (27 comments) says:

    @Jack

    A NZ Soldier was attending some university courses between deployments. He had completed tours in Timor, Solomon Islands and just returned from Afghanistan. One of the courses had a professor who was an avowed atheist.

    One day the professor shocked the class when he came in. He looked to the ceiling and flatly stated, “God, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I’ll give you exactly 15 minutes.”

    The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop. Ten minutes went by and the professor proclaimed, “Here I am God. I’m still waiting.”

    It got down to the last couple of minutes when the Soldier got out of his chair, went up to the professor, and punched him; knocking him off the platform. The professor was out cold. The Soldier went back to his seat and sat there, silently. The other students were shocked and sat there looking on in silence.

    The professor eventually came to, noticeably shaken, looked at the Soldier and asked, “What the hell is the matter with you? Why did you do that?” The Soldier calmly replied, “God was too busy today protecting NZ’s Soldiers who are protecting your right to say stupid **** and act like an arsehole, so He sent me.”

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  12. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    Jesusinagayprideshirt lester, lost count how many times I’ve heard this crap.

    All your story proves is

    1. Atheists have a higher moral standard than christians.

    2. When you’re a soldier, violence is the ONLY answer.

    3. People who believe in god are simpletons.

    and yes, god, here I am, cocky cunt and all, still waiting for you to knock me off my perch.

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  13. Johnboy (16,529 comments) says:

    The real trouble with idiots is that they just don’t recognise just how stupid they really look. :)

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  14. RiP MiLa (1 comment) says:

    Jack

    You’re a disrespectful, rude and horrible person. People are grieving the lost of a very brave man. For you to write total bullshit on here is disrespectful to his family and friends.

    He was serving our country to make afghan a better place. It is not your responsibility to say when our flags can fly at half mast or not. When you go and sign up to the army and put your life on the line to help others then come back and talk to us but other than that fuck off because we don’t need you to tell us what you think its just disrespectful to others…

    Your life must be so boring if you have to sit on the internet all day talking shit on a website. GET A LIFE AND FUCK OFF!!!

    The world needs less people like you!!!

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  15. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Jackoff how many digits in your service number? Theres five in mine.

    Your an arsehole crapweasle cunt talking shit about something you have no knowledge of. You’re not cocky, you’re a cock.

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  16. lesterpk (27 comments) says:

    No Jack, what it means is that people like Private Mila have served to give you the freedom to bitch and moan and state your case freely without fear of persecution. People like Private Mila died to ensure our way of life and country weren’t over run by the Japanese 50 years ago, that freedom of expression is allowed and so much more that you’ll never understand. As a serviceman myself (6 digit service number Murray) I may not agree with your right to act like an arsehole and denigrate a memorial post, but I’ll defend it with my life if necessary.

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  17. gg (1 comment) says:

    @JACK

    BE QUIET no one was claiming that Cliff’s death was greater than the death of the other New Zealander’s until u put ur 5cents in u disrespectful clown just keep those opinions to yourself next time idiot!! yeah im family and yeah we’re hurt but its people like you that we should just place in the Army without your approval hehe do something better with ur life and serve this country hahah FAT CHANCE

    LOVE YOU ALWAYS CLIFF ox

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