2e REP: 2nd member of GCP killed in Mali

On May 8, 2014, Slovak legionnaire Marcel Kalafut became the second member of the Parachute Commando Group (Groupement des Commandos Parachutistes, GCP), 2e REP to be killed in Mali, after SCH Harold Vormezeele killed in Mali in 2013.

Sergeant Marcel Kalafut was killed by an “Improvised explosive device” (IED) while driving his car in the Tigharghar mountains of northeastern Mali, during an infiltration mission. Two other legionnaires were injured.

Born on November 19, 1987 in former Czechoslovakia, Marcel Kalafut – of Slovak nationality – joined the Foreign Legion seven years ago, in May 2007, as a 19-year-old volunteer. After basic training, he went to the 2e REP, where he spent all his military career. Kalafut became a radio operator and then joined the GCP. Corporal in 2009, he was promoted to sergeant in September 2011. He participated in operations in Gabon (2008), Afghanistan (2010), the Central African Republic (2013) and Mali (2013 and 2014). Marcel Kalafut was three times mentioned in dispatches. R.I.P.

Slovak legionnaire Marcel Kalafut killed in Mali 2014
Slovak legionnaire Marcel Kalafut

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