First soldier from Cape dies in Iraq Conflict

Mark Vecchione of Eastham was on second tour

markvecc_01EASTHAM - An Eastham man has become the first Cape Cod soldier  to die in the Iraq war. 25-year-old Mark Vecchione's family got the bad news Tuesday night.

The Army Sergeant was on his second tour of Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near his tank.

Vecchione was born in Hyannis. He graduated from a high school in Arizona before his family moved back to Cape Cod. He joined the Army shortly after Sept. 11, 2001. 

Read the report in today's Boston Globe here, and comment below.

Power outage reported in Centerville/Mills area
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Woman drowns in Brewster
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Woman robbed at knife point in Hyannis
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Posted on 7/19 at 10:00 PM.

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