US soldier dies during humanitarian aid exercise in Guatemala

U.S. soldiers assigned to the 318th PsyOps Company walk through a Guatemalan village on April 23, 2014, informing locals about a school building project in El Roble Concaste, Guatemala, during an annual Beyond the Horizon humanitarian-assistance exercise.


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: April 25, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — A soldier from El Paso assigned to a South Texas post has been killed and three others hurt in a freak accident during training in Guatemala.

The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala on Thursday announced the death of 24-year-old Spec. Hernaldo Beltran Jr. Beltran was a radio operator assigned to the 56th Signal Battalion at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

Officials say Beltran died Tuesday when a large tree branch fell on some soldiers working on an engineering project in Los Limones during the Beyond the Horizons joint military exercise.

Three other soldiers suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening. Lt. Col. Carol McClelland on Friday had no immediate details on the injured soldiers but said they are not from Beltran's unit.


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