Elmont soldier dies serving his country in Iraq

An Elmont soldier who died last week in a Humvee accident in Mosul, Iraq is being remembered as a patriot. Andre Mitchell, 25, was killed when the vehicle overturned on a sharp curve. Mitchell had joined

News 12 Staff

Aug 3, 2008, 10:19 PM

Updated 5,831 days ago

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An Elmont soldier who died last week in a Humvee accident in Mosul, Iraq is being remembered as a patriot.
Andre Mitchell, 25, was killed when the vehicle overturned on a sharp curve. Mitchell had joined the Army on Valentine's Day in 2006. His relatives say he will be sorely missed.
"Every time he came back from the Army, we would go to Hot Skates Rink or Funzone, or Chucky Cheese when I was little," says Mitchell's 12-year-old brother, Malique Patterson. "We had ? such a great time together. I used to fall, but he used to help me back up at Hot Skates."
Mitchell graduated from Sewanhaka High School and attended Nassau Community College. After working for a local Marriott, family members say Mitchell had to answer his true calling: the military.
"He [was] happy doing what he did and he would never have it any other way, and that's a comfort for me," says Mitchell's mother, Yasmin Patterson. "I really broke down, but I knew all along this is what he wanted."
Family friend and state Assemblyman Tom Alfano says Mitchell's calling made him special. "The more you knew Andre, the more you knew he was just a brave and a great American whose lifelong dream was to serve our country," Alfano says.Mitchell was stationed in Texas and was sent to Iraq in November.


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