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Mass. Soldier One of Three Killed

December 6, 2001

A career military man from Tennessee and a communications specialist from Massachusetts were among the three soldiers killed Wednesday in a ``friendly fire″ accident in Afghanistan.

Daniel Petithory, 32, grew up in western Massachusetts and ``always wanted to be an Army man,″ said his brother, Michael. ``He was born to do it.″

Master Sgt. Jefferson Donald Davis, 39, was a Green Beret who made a career in the military. His family was proud of his service, cousin Penny McCracken told the Johnson City (Tenn.) Press.

``He was always a good guy,″ she said.

Davis had a wife and three children, who live in Clarksville, Tenn. His parents live in Watauga.

The Pentagon identified the other soldier as Staff Sgt. Brian Cody Prosser, 28, of California. They were members of the Army’s 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Nineteen other U.S. soldiers were wounded after a U.S. bomb missed its Taliban target north of Kandahar. Five Afghan fighters also were killed in Wednesday’s accident and an undetermined number were wounded.

Five servicemen were wounded last week during a prison uprising outside the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif. Three of the servicemen, members of the 5th Special Forces Group, said at a news conference Tuesday at Fort Campbell that they had been living in caves, barely bathing and sometimes going hungry.

Petithory was single and had no children, his brother said.

Michael Petithory described his brother a practical joker who always wanted to join the Army.

``As kids I wanted to play baseball,″ his brother said. ``He wanted to play Army.″

Daniel Petithory grew up in Cheshire, a town of 3,600 in the Berkshire Mountains near the Vermont border.

``He served his country, and he did what he thought was right,″ said Carol Francesconi, a member of the Board of Selectmen in the town.

The town planned to lower flags to half staff at its town hall and the local fire station.

``It’s going to hit Cheshire pretty hard,″ said Francesconi’s son, Tom, who went to high school with Petithory. ``It’s very tight-knit.″

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