2nd ID identifies soldiers killed in collision
April 5, 2003
SEOUL — The U.S. Army’s 2nd Infantry Division identified two of its soldiers killed in a collision Wednesday at the Korea Training Center, according to a news release.
Killed were Sgt. 1st Class Lionel Richards, 43, and Sgt. Gilberto Strickland, 30.
Injured in the accident: Spc. Luis Marquez, 39; Spc. Floyd Jordan, 29; Pvt. Luis Grecham, 19; Pvt. William Short, 19; Spc. John Monet; 23, Sgt. William Equipciano, and Pvt. Gilberto Foster.
All were from the 2nd ID’s Company A, 44th Engineer Battalion at Camp Howze, South Korea.
The accident occurred about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday when a 56-ton Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge and a light tactical vehicle carrying the troops collided during routine training.
“On behalf of the commanding general, Maj. Gen. John R. Wood and the entire Second Infantry Division, I want to express my most sincere condolences to the families and friends of the soldiers who were killed and injured in this most tragic accident,” Col. Daniel Bolger, 2nd ID chief of staff, was quoted as saying in the release.
A surgeon and physician’s assistant from another unit training in the area responded to the scene within minutes of the accident and began providing medical assistance, according to the release.
A short time later, the medical evacuation helicopter from Camp Page’s 542nd Air Ambulance Company arrived with another physician and assistant.
Strickland, Richards, Jordan and Marquez were evacuated to the 121st General Hospital in Seoul. Grecham, Short and Monet were initially brought to the Camp Casey Troop Medical Clinic and later to the 121st.
Equipciano and Foster were treated on the scene and released to their unit.
Maj. Ruben Correa, 121st General Hospital spokesman, said Thursday that the hospitalized soldiers were in stable condition with injuries ranging from contusions and lacerations to close head injuries and lower back pain.
“Basically, things have normalized now,” Correa said, “except for the sadness in having lost two soldiers.”
Division mental-health specialists and chaplains were conducting grief counseling with the unit’s soldiers on Thursday, and a memorial service was scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the Rodriguez Range multipurpose building.
A team has been dispatched from the U.S. Army Safety Center, Fort Rucker, Ala., to investigate the accident.