Army ID’s Fort Bragg soldier killed in a vehicle incident

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The U.S. Army soldier who was killed this week in a car incident near Fort Bragg that also injured three others was identified Friday.

Spc. Luis Herrera, 23, was a paratrooper attached to the 82nd Airborne Division, as part of the Raider Company, 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, the Army said in a statement.

Details of the fatal incident at the military installation in North Carolina or the names of the other wounded soldiers have not been released.

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Army Spc.  Luis Herrera was killed this week during a training accident.

Army Spc. Luis Herrera was killed this week during a training accident.
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“Spc. Herrera was an exceptional paratrooper and a committed friend to all who knew him. Luis was a soldier of a soldier who always set a good example and never missed a chance to leave a positive impact on those around him. “said Colonel Theodore Kleisner, Commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team. “Our brigade was made better by the selfless service of Spc. Herrera. The leaders and paratroopers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team are committed to ensuring that every resource is available to his family and comrades to help them through this difficult time.”

Herrera, a North Carolina native, enlisted in the Army as an infantryman in November 2017 and served two missions to Kuwait, Stars and Stripes reported.

He leaves behind a wife and family. His battalion is planning a memorial service to honor him.

A picture of a sign for Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

A picture of a sign for Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
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“Our thoughts and prayers, along with the paratroopers from ‘Geronimo’ 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Regiment, are with Spc. Herrera’s wife and loved ones as we mourn the loss of Luis,” said Captain Daigoroh Abreu, Herrrera’s company commander. “Big Lou’s presence was a gift to us all, and his radiant smile brought warmth to all who knew him.”

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Herrera’s death came a few days after another fatal training accident. Pfc. Joseph A. Marquez, who joined the Army last year, died during a training incident at the Yakima Training Center near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Two other soldiers were injured in the incident.

In January, two Marines died when their military vehicle overturned while in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

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