173rd Brigade soldier found dead in Vicenza barracks is identified
By NANCY MONTGOMERY | STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 6, 2019
VICENZA, Italy — The 173rd Brigade paratrooper found dead in the barracks Sunday morning has been identified as Pvt. Peter Cimino.
Cimino, 19, was a mortarman assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment.
Cimino was from Danville, Ky. He arrived in Vicenza in August, four months after he enlisted in the Army, according to brigade officials, and was a recipient of the National Defense Service Ribbon and the Army Service Ribbon.
The cause of death is under investigation.
“Our condolences go out to Peter’s family and friends,” brigade spokesman Maj. Christopher Bradley said in a statement. “The entire U.S. military in Vicenza is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own.”
Cimino is the second soldier in five months and the third in less than a year to be found lifeless in barracks rooms on Caserma Ederle.
In October, Sgt. Kevin Connor, 24, was found unresponsive in the barracks after other soldiers called paramedics. Alcohol poisoning or aspiration were suspected in his death.
In June, Staff Sgt. Krasean Clayborn, 36, was found dead in his barracks room after he did not show up for work. Clayborn’s cause of death was not disclosed, although his mother reported that he’d told her on the phone that he wasn’t feeling well the previous day.
In August 2017, fellow soldiers found the body of 21-year-old infantryman Pfc. Andrew Young. Army officials declined to disclose Young’s cause of death, although they said there was no sign of foul play.