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Post 1 - Pte Nathan Smith

3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, Edmonton, AB
Hometown: Tatamagouche, N.S.

Four Canadian soldiers are killed and eight others wounded after an American F-16 fighter aircraft attacks their position with a 500-pound bomb, mistaking them for Taliban militants. The soldiers were taking part in a nighttime, live-fire training exercise 14 kilometres from Kandahar airbase. The U.S. pilot, Maj. Harry Schmidt, was later disciplined. He apologized for his mistake.

Nathan was the only son of Lloyd & Charlotte (Williams) Smith. He grew up in Ostrea Lake, Nova Scotia, graduating from Eastern Shore District High in 1993. His hobbies were running, scuba diving and reading anything about the military. He held several jobs after high school and went into the army in 1998. He joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in 1998, moving to Edmonton for the posting. He joined their unit's crack parachute company after completing basic training. He had been in Kandahar six months, & planned to marry his longtime girlfriend, Jodie May Carter upon his return to Canada.

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