Soldier from North Charleston killed in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (WCSC) - A U.S. soldier from North Charleston was killed Monday after his unit was attacked by insurgents in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense released information regarding the attack Wednesday. Four soldiers, including 21-year-old Cheizray Pressley of North Charleston were killed in action while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

All four men died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit using an improvised explosive device in Zabul province, Afghanistan.

The other three men killed were Staff Sgt. David D. Self, 29, of Pearl, Miss; Spc. Bradley L. Melton, 29, Rolla, Mo.; and Pvt. Lamarol J. Tucker, 26, of Gainesville, Fla.

All four men were assigned to the Brigade Troops Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Anchorage, Alaska.

Pressley joined the Army in Sept. 2010 and served at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. before coming to Alaska in January.

The attack that killed the four soldiers took place in the city of Spin Ghbarga, in Zabul Province,

Afghanistan. The 4,000-soldier brigade began deploying to Afghanistan in mid-April for a one-year tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The brigade's last deployment was to Iraq from Sept. 2008 to Aug. 2009 during which the unit experienced five combat deaths and two non-combat deaths.

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