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Army Spc. Anthony S. Cometa

Died June 16, 2005 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Las Vegas; assigned to the 1864th Transportation Company, 106th Transportation Battalion, Nevada Army National Guard, Henderson, Nev.; killed June 16 when his Humvee rolled over in Safwan, Kuwait.

N.Y. soldier killed in Iraq mourned

Associated Press

GREECE, N.Y. — The family of a Rochester-area soldier killed June 16 in Iraq mourned him Friday at his funeral.

Pfc. Anthony Steven Cometa, a Nevada National Guardsman who grew up in Greece, just outside Rochester, was killed when the vehicle he was riding in crashed at the end of a routine supply mission about 10 miles from the Kuwait border. Cometa died the day after his 21st birthday.

“Obviously this has been a great loss for the family, but their son truly had a passion for the military and they realize that,” said Brig. Gen. Randall Sayre, commander of the Nevada National Guard. “It’s unfortunate that in these times we lose our soldiers more frequently than we are comfortable with.”

Cometa moved to Henderson, Nev., in 1999 with his father. Many family members, including his mother, Nancy Fontana, still live in Greece.

Cometa was given a full military burial at Holy Ghost Cemetery in Gates. Cometa had been awarded the Bronze Star and the Good Conduct Medal by the Army.

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