Soldier dies in Christmas Eve motorcycle crash on Okinawa
ONNA, Okinawa — A 31-year-old Army soldier was killed on Christmas Eve in a motorcycle accident in Onna.
According to an Okinawa Prefectural Police spokesman in Uruma, Sgt. Lawrence Torry Britton, assigned to the 505th Quartermaster Battalion, was traveling north along Highway 104 in the Afuso district of Onna on Sunday morning when his motorcycle slid on a slow curve and struck a road sign and concrete utility pole.
The accident occurred about 9:45 a.m. and was reported by an Okinawan firefighter who drove by the site shortly after the crash, according to the police spokesman.
An ambulance took Britton to Nakagami Hospital in Okinawa City, where he was pronounced dead at 11:35 a.m. from injuries to his head, neck and lungs.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Lt. Col. William Rush, commander of the 505th Quartermaster Battalion, said Britton was married and had three children, a boy 4 years old, and two girls, ages 6 and 11.
His wife and son were in Fayetteville, N.C., at the time of the accident.
“His daughters were on Okinawa with their father and they will be returning to the U.S. today (Tuesday) with an escort from the battalion,” Rush said in an e-mail response to a query.
Britton served in the Army for 6½ years, during which time he earned the Army Achievement Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal (earned while working with the Air Force in Afghanistan), the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Support Medal, said Dorothy Vick, 10th Area Support Group public information officer.
She said Britton also earned the Parachutist Badge. He graduated from the Airborne School in 2001.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at the Torii Chapel on Torii Station.