Army identifies soldier killed in Kadena crash
KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — The soldier killed in a three-car crash Friday on Kadena has been identified as Pfc. Michael W. Shipman Jr., 19.
An Army spokesman said Monday that Shipman — assigned to the Army’s 1st Battalion, 1st Defense Artillery Battalion, based on Kadena — died at the U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa.
Army spokesman Chip Steitz said the cause of the crash remains under investigation. It occurred around noon under rainy conditions on Douglas Boulevard across from Marek Park.
Three other servicemembers — including two soldiers who were in Shipman’s car — were injured.
The soldiers were also taken to the hospital, where they are listed in stable condition, Steitz said.
The fourth person injured was an airman who was treated and released, a spokesman for the Air Force said. The names of the injured personnel were not released.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones of Private 1st Class Shipman and to our injured soldiers,” said Col. James Woodard, commander of the 10th Support Group.
A private memorial service for Shipman, of McDonough, Ga., is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the base’s Keystone Theater.