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Madill soldier killed in Afghanistan

Fort Bragg, NC. (AP) _ Fort Bragg is mourning multiple losses in the middle east, including a soldier with an Oklahoma tie.  Sergeant Jeffrey D. Kettle of Madill, Oklahoma, and two other members of the 82nd Airborne Division were killed yesterday when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle.

Kettle and staff sergeant Jesse G. Clowers Jr. were members of the 7th Special Forces Group. Sergeant Charles B. Kitowski III was assigned to a unit of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (airborne).

According to Kettle's uncle, Joel Kettle of McAlester, Kettle liked the outdoors and was devoted to military service.  He says Jeffrey Kettle was on his fourth tour of duty.  Joel Kettle says funeral arrangements haven't been finalized.

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