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Family mourns Vermont soldier

A Vermont family is mourning a son killed Saturday when two Black Hawk helicopters collided in Iraq.

First Lieutenant Pierre Piche, 28, was one of 17 soldiers from the 101st Airborne based in Fort Campbell, Ky., who died in the collision. "They said . . . there was an attack and that the helicopters may have collided," his mother, Lisa Johnson, said yesterday to WCAX-TV. "He was supposed to grow old with his wife."

Piche attended grammar school in Colchester and middle school in South Hero. He had served as a page in the Vermont Legislature, said Johnson, who lives in Starksboro. Piche attended a private high school in Connecticut and studied at the University of Vermont. After he became a full-time soldier, he married and settled at Fort Campbell. He was scheduled to return home in February after serving a year in Iraq.


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