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Army identifies soldier killed in Fort Bragg training accident

Soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Division load a round into a 105 mm lightweight howitzer April 19, 2013, at Fort Bragg, N.C.

FORT BRAGG — Army officials on Saturday identified the soldiers involved in a deadly live-fire training accident at Fort Bragg early Friday morning.

Pfc. James Groth, 22, of Ethal, Wash., was killed during an exercise of the 82nd Airborne Division’s 18th Fires Brigade – a field artillery unit – that involved an M777 light towed howitzer.

Groth was a cannon crew member stationed at Fort Bragg. He joined the Army in 2012 and leaves behind his wife, Jordan Nicole Groth.

“Pfc. Groth will be missed by his friends and fellow soldiers in the battalion,” Lt. Col. Joseph O’Callaghan said in a news release. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Groth family and those that were injured during these difficult times.”

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, according to the news release. Two other soldiers involved remain hospitalized with severe injuries: Sgt. Jason Muzzy, 25, of Pecos, N.M., and Spc. Scott Yeates, 30, of Sanford, Fla.

Five others were treated for minor injuries and have already been released from the hospital.

Friday’s incident was at least the second live-fire accident in which troops were injured during training at Fort Bragg in the past three years.

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