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Five Dignified Transfers at DAFB Thursday after Friendly Fire Incident

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - There were dignified transfers for five American soldiers Thursday at Dover Air Force Base. The soldiers were killed earlier this week in a friendly fire incident.

US military officials called in an airstrike after Taliban fighters ambushed an army unit in Afghanistan. The bomb was accidentally dropped on the Americans. Five soldiers and one Afghan fighting beside them died.

The families of Pvt. Aaron Toppen, Spc. Justin Helton and Cpl. Justin Clouse allowed WBOC and other media outlets to be at the base for their sons' dignified transfer.

Private Aaron Toppen had been deployed to Afghanistan just 3 months ago.  His mother, Pam Toppen, recalls their talk as he left.
 
"He told me he was going on a mission, it was going to be all right. Mom, I'm with the best men there. I love you," she said.

The under secretary for the army, the vice chief of staff for the army, a director of the army national guard and the commander for Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations were also on-hand.


Two other fallen soldiers were also brought toDABB Thursday. Their dignified transfers were not open to the media, and their names have not been released.
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