Army Sgt. Peter C. Neesley, 28, of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.
Sgt. Neesley was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.; died Dec. 25, 2007 in Baghdad of an undetermined cause in a non-combat environment.
The Detroit News -- A 28-year-old soldier from Grosse Pointe Farms was killed on Christmas Day in Iraq, the U.S. Department of Defense said Wednesday.
Sgt. Peter C. Neesley died of an undetermined cause in a noncombat environment in Baghdad.
Neesley was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Ga.
The military is investigating the circumstances surrounding his death, according to the statement.
A family member who answered the phone at Neesley's home Wednesday said the family was not commenting on the death for the media at this time.
He added that there was no information about a funeral.
Kim Gerlach, a teacher at Pere Gabriel Richard Elementary School in Grosse Pointe Farms, met Neesley briefly last month when the soldier came to the school to visit students.
"He talked about the good soldiers in Iraq were doing, helping and protecting children over there," she said.
"He showed us pictures of an old shopping mall he stayed at for a while."
The visit was arranged through Neesley's sister, who has a son who attends school at Richard, Gerlach said. The soldier met with 70 or more students.
Gerlach said she received a call Wednesday from a co-worker about Neesley's death.
"He's a very nice, honest person," the teacher said. "He came in while he was on a five-day leave and talked to us."
Grosse Pointe Farms soldier killed in Iraq
The Associated Press
GROSSE POINTE FARMS, Mich. — A 28-year-old soldier from suburban Detroit died Christmas day in Iraq, the military said.
Sgt. Peter C. Neesley, of Grosse Pointe Farms, died of an undetermined cause in a non-combat environment in Baghdad, the Defense Department said Dec. 26 in a release.
“He was just a sweet young boy,” longtime neighbor Jane Woodruff told the Detroit Free Press. “The Army was wonderful. ... It put discipline in his life.”
Neesley was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, at Fort Stewart, Ga.
The military is investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.
The Associated Press left a telephone message Dec. 26 with the public affairs office at Fort Stewart.
Army Sgt. Peter C. Neesley died from a non-combat related incident on 12/25/07.
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