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U.S. soldier dies during visit to Italian water park

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 14, 2011

UPDATED: Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 7:33 a.m. ET

NAPLES, Italy -- A 32-year-old soldier assigned to the U.S. Army Health Center in Vicenza, Italy, died Saturday while visiting a water park with his family in northern Italy, an Army official said.

Staff Sgt. Christopher R. Jones died around 3:30 p.m. Saturday while at Aqualandia near Jesolo, a roughly 90-minute drive from the U.S. Army base in Vicenza, base spokesman Grant Sattler said.

No details of the death were available Sunday, Sattler said. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at the post chapel on Caserma Ederle.

A team of medical authorities are traveling to Vicenza from the Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, to conduct an autopsy and determine the cause of death, Sattler said. Jones’ body was taken to the San Bortolo hospital in Vicenza.

Aqualandia is a popular destination for U.S. troops, he said.

From staff reports

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