Tributes & Vigils Category: US Army
Name: Army Sgt. Christopher M. Pusateri
From: Corning, N.Y.
Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Incident: Army Sgt. Christopher M. Pusateri was killed Feb.16 by enemy small-arms fire in Mosul, Iraq.
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Corning family mourns son, husband who was expected home next month
By RAY FINGER
Star-Gazette Corning Bureau
CORNING — Born on the Fourth of July, Sgt. Christopher Pusateri was proud to serve in the Army for a second tour of duty in Iraq — a tour that ended in a volley of bullets.
Pusateri, 21, of Corning, was killed Wednesday by enemy fire, said his mother, Brenda West, 39, of Corning. She does not know details of what happened.
“I know that he was shot and taken to the hospital in Mosul, and that’s where he passed away,” she said.
A 2002 graduate of Corning West High School, Pusateri served with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division as a mechanic who took care of an armored Humvee, said his stepfather, Chester West, 34. He was on a mission when he was killed, he said.
Pusateri is the second Corning area resident to be killed in the war in Iraq. Marine Corps…