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Identity of Soldier killed in training accident released

Identity of Soldier killed in training accident released

Last night the military released the identity of a Soldier who was killed in a training accident Thursday, July 24. Sgt. Tyler A. Zody, 20, died as a result of a one vehicle accident that also injured three other Soldiers at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk.

The accident, said to be a “routine vehicle movement” is under investigation by the Army. Initial reports indicated it was a possible rollover in a Humvee.

Sgt. Zody, a non-commissioned officer, was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans" at Fort Campbell as a senior sniper.

This unit was completing a pre-deployment training exercise preparing for another nine-month deployment to Afghanistan later in the year. Sgt. Zody had seen a previous tour in Afghanistan.

The military reported Sgt. Zody’s home town of record as Flemming, Fla., also stating he completed his basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., as an infantryman. He was later assigned to Company A as a grenadier.

There was no word on the condition of the injured Soldiers.

This weekend, the Department of Defense also announced the death of Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton, Jr., 20, of Kenosha, Wisc. His death was listed as related to Operation Enduring Freedom since he died as a result of an illness he contracted while deployed in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.

Pfc. Hamilton was flown home and died of that unnamed illness at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Additional information on Pfc. Hamilton, including previous deployments and commendations, is available to media sources by contacting the Fort Hood public affairs office at 254-287-9993 or 254-449-4023.

The Department of Defense also released information this weekend rgarding the deaths of two Soldiers killed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan on July 24.

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