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´╗┐This solemn day is set aside to pay tribute to Captain Nichola K.S. Goddard, M.S.M. (2 May 1980 - 17 May 2006) who rests in peace at the National Military Cemetery, Ottawa. She was not only the first female Canadian soldier to perish in combat but also the first army officer -- male or female -- to direct artillery fire against an enemy force since the Korean War. It was exactly twelve years ago, 17 May 2006, that she was killed by Taliban insurgents while on a military operation in Afghanistan. Lest We Forget.