(cnbnews.net)The Department of Defense announced today that Sgt. Alessandro L. Plutino, 28, of Pitman, N.J., died Aug. 8 in Paktia province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.
Sgt. Plutino was nearing the end of his third deployment and was scheduled to return home in two weeks.
Plutino enlisted in the Army in 2006. He was a star wrestler at Pitman High School and later at Western New England College in Massachusetts.