Soldier from Elizabeth, N.J., Dies in Afghansitan - New York News

Soldier from Elizabeth, N.J., Dies in Afghansitan


A soldier from Elizabeth, N.J., died on just his third day in Afghanistan.

Spc. Pedro A. Millet Meletiche, 20, died Aug. 22 at Arghandab River Valley of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

Meletiche's family told that they had a bad premonition earlier this month when he left for Operation Enduring Freedom.

The family said Meletiche told them in a phone call on Friday -- his first day in Afghanistan -- that his unit was sweeping for mines.

Millet's body was flown into Dover Air Force Base Tuesday, the Star-Ledger reported.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based out of Fort Carson, Colo.

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