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3rd ID soldier killed in Iraq

POSTED: January 11, 2008 5:02 a.m.

GROSSE POINTE FARMS, Mich. -- A 28-year-old soldier from suburban Detroit and assigned to Fort Stewart, Ga., 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 Wednesday 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.

The military is investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.

The Associated Press left a telephone message Wednesday with the public affairs office at Fort Stewart.

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