Soldier from San Angelo Among Dead in Fort Hood Drowning Incident

 

Update: Spc. Yingming Sun, 25, of Monterey Park, California was named as the ninth victim of the incident.

The U.S. Army released the names of those killed in Thursday’s drowning incident at Fort Hood. Among them was a soldier from San Angelo, Pvt. Isaac Lee Deleon, 19.

Deleon entered active-duty military service in November 2015 as a motor transport operator, the Army stated in a press release. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2016.

Deleon’s awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon, the Army stated.

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Above: Isaac DeLeon was a student at San Angelo Central High School. (Family photo, GoFundMe.com)

Deleon was among a dozen soldiers in the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood who were training at a base training area. He and his fellow soldiers were in a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle, or LMTV, a 2.5-ton Army vehicle that resembles a flatbed truck with a walled bed and is used to carry troops.

According to Fort Hood spokesman Chris Haug, the soldiers were training on the use of the LMTV and were traveling across the Owl Creek Tactical Crossing when the truck was washed away in strong currents. 

The release of the names late Saturday evening follows the tragic news that the last four soldiers still missing after a LMTV carrying a dozen troops was washed from a flooded low-water crossing at Fort Hood were found dead Friday. This increased the accident’s death toll to nine.

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Above: Texas Game Warden Jeff Gillenwaters and Chris Zimmer, deputy director for Fort Hood's Directorate of Emergency Services, discuss search and recovery efforts for four missing Fort Hood, Texas Soldiers June 3. (Fort Hood Public Affairs)

"It was a situation where the rain had come, the water was rising quickly and we were in the process, at the moment of the event, of closing the roads," Haug said at a press conference Friday.

Major General John Uberti, Deputy Commanding General, III Corps at Fort Hood confirmed the deaths Friday, but was withholding many of the names until next-of-kin were notified.

“We continue to care for the families of our lost soldiers and our thoughts and prayers are with the 1st Cavalry Division,” Uberti said at a press conference Friday.

Uberti said three soldiers were rescued Thursday and were released from the hospital Friday. The three have since been cleared to return to duty, he said.

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Above: DeLeon was a member of the 1st Cavalry Division who brand themselves as America's First Team (Fort Hood photo)

Uberti said he was grateful to the State of Texas, the surrounding communities and helping agencies who aided in the rescue and recovery operations.

He said 170 emergency services professionals assisted in the rescue and recovery operation.

"This tragedy extends well beyond Fort Hood and the outpouring of support from the country is sincerely appreciated," Uberti said.

Also killed in the incident were:

  • Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez, 38, Brooklyn, New York
  • Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong, 27, Twentynine Palms, California
  • Pfc. Brandon Austin Banner, 22, Milton, Florida
  • Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller, 23, Palmetto, Florida
  • Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates, 20, Dunn, North Carolina
  • Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James, 21, Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey, 21, Valparaiso, Indiana. Alexander was a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.
  • Spc. Yingming Sun, 25, Monterey Park, California

The circumstances of the accident are under investigation by a team from the Army Combat Readiness Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama.

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Sad to hear of the passing of a San Angelo native who was serving his country in this accident. My family's thoughts and prayers go out to Pvt. Deleon's family and loved ones. RIP young man, thank you for serving our country.

I want the Friends and Family to know how much I appreciate this young mans service to our country.

I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers and always will be.

The loss of a child is beyond what any words can express.

But know this, you are not alone.

We lost our son, Sgt Marcus Fernandez III, in Iraq on October 10, 2008. He too was stationed in Ft. Hood.

Nothing we can say will make it easier. Time really doesn't heal the pain, but you will find that some days are better than others.

The thing that helps the most is telling his story.

If you need someone to talk to, that has been there, please don't hesitate to reach out.

God Bless

Rich & Aurora Jumper

Thanks for finally posting the story of the deceased GI's , it is a very somber situation . These brave soldiers were ready to fight for this country at the drop of a hat , to ensure our freedom and keep the country safe . The major news net works have given this story very little air time . They all have their heads so far up trump's butt that they don't care to report on any thing else . Even cassius clay is getting more air time . My brother fought bravely in the Vietnam war , he was drafted when he was starting his second year of college , he didn't agree with the war , but he took the time to serve , and serve proudly . he came home finished college and married , and became an outstanding citizen , he was never in any trouble . He passed away several years ago . He often told me that he felt badly about how he and his buddies were treated when they returned from their tours of combat duty . I miss him greatly , he was my hero , but i am glad that he is not here to witness this circus . I am sure that there are many other veterans who were drafted and went on to serve their country proudly as well , i salute you . Cassius clay refused to serve , i agree he was a good boxer , maybe the best , but everyone is running around proclaiming him a hero . Folks these were nine of the country's finest , my condolences to the family of the local soldier , and to all of the families of the other eight soldiers . Thank you for serving thank you all . My prayers are with you and your loved ones .

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