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09/22/07

Community Comes Out to Support Fallen 3rd ID Soldier

People in Glennville are remembering a Third I.D. soldier who called their community home. Sergeant John Mele II died last week when a bomb went off near his convoy in Iraq.

Today the city is joining together to honor this soldier and his commitment for his country.

"John was just someone you always wanted to be around. He had those piercing blue eyes, he loved his family and he was the most wonderful husband to my little sister and he loved his country," said Mele's sister in law Lyn Allebach.

The 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd I-D soldier was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit on September 14th.

"He died for his country and he saved all the men in his unit. He died and they lived," said Allebach.

And because of that, folks from the city of Glennville came out to honor the man, the husband and the soldier. His family was thankful for all the support.

"I've never seen my little sister in so much pain and grief. She loved that man with her life and her little girl also and I've never seen such an outpouring of community love and support," said Allebach.

It didn't stop there.

Patriot Guard Riders Captain, Gene Altman, says his group was honored to come and stand outside in the rain in honor of Sergeant John Mele.

"We're not necessarily here because we believe in the war but we believe in the choices these American soldiers are making," said Altman.

And so does John's family who loves the man who will always be a part of their lives.

"No one has anything but wonderful things to say about him. He was as good as they come at the age of 25," said Allebach.

Sergeant Mele's family says he'll be buried Thursday with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery, where his grandfather is also buried.

Reported by: David Hall, dhall@wtoc.com

 

 

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