Army Soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas Are Dying at Alarming Rates Stateside

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Fort Hood, U.S. Army

  • 72 deaths at Fort Hood since 1/16
  • 4 insider attacks in Afghanistan
  • 1 non combat death (suicide) in Iraq
  • 1 non combat death in Korea
  • 66 stateside non combat deaths
    • 3 homicides off base
    • 13 found dead on post
    • 22 found dead off post
    • 11 died in training accidents
    • 4 died from medical issues
    • 7 died in motorcycle accidents
    • 3 died in automobile accidents
    • 1 died unexpectedly out of state
    • 1 declared dead after missing
    • 1 shot self after accused of sex crime

I have been working in real time in an effort to collect the information of the soldiers we have lost stateside and overseas for a project I am working on. I started these efforts quite a few years ago but am now just pulling things together by base. Fort Hood has come up in research enough to warrant investigation into a problem with untimely deaths in the form of training accidents, vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, suicide, violent crime, non combat death, insider attacks, and unknown causes of death. I noticed a large spike in soldier death in November 2016 when we learned that four soldiers died stateside at Fort Hood and two died in a suicide bombing on a protected base in Afghanistan at the start of a Veteran Day fun run. Allan Brown eventually succumbed to his injuries from the blast in December 2016. And because I track military crime and suspicious death cases both stateside and overseas, I observe far more death when looking at the big picture.

I kept up with November 2016 and honored the service members we lost that month. Since then, we have lost at least seven more Fort Hood soldiers which is why I created this post. There has been an unusually high cluster of deaths at one base in the last year. The Army has announced they are going to probe the unusually high death counts but like most things, the report will come back with some canned response to protect the Chain of Command. We want to protect all the soldiers by doing our own probe. After doing a google search ‘Soldier Found Dead Fort Hood’ I learned that 2016 was a tough year for the base in general. I want to acknowledge the families who have lost their loved ones. I want to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of the soldiers who have died. I want to acknowledge the soldiers who were impacted by the untimely deaths of their fellow soldiers. It can’t be easy for a post to lose one soldier, let alone several. Please help us honor The Fort Hood Fallen on Facebook.

January 2016
1/3: Devin Schuette, 35, US Army (found dead on post)
1/5: Jonathan “Mike” Gilotti, 33, US Army Veteran (homicide victim in Alabama)
1/16: Troy Wayman, 45, US Army (officer found dead off post)

March 2016
3/6: Sean Van Der Wal, 25, US Army (fatal auto accident off post)
3/14: Brian Reed, 40, US Army (found dead w/ gunshot wound off post)
3/20: Andrew Poznick, 45, US Army (officer found dead in Pennsylvania)
3/22: Steven Lewis, 33, US Army (died of self-inflicted wound off post)

May 2016
5/1: John Stobbe, 31, US Army (found dead off post)
5/9: Ellsworth Raup, 33, US Army (fatal motorcycle accident off post)
5/23: Marcus Nelson, 45, US Army (died while in custody at local jail)

June 2016
6/2: Christine Armstrong, 27, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Brandon Banner, 22, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Miguel Colonvazquez, 38, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Isaac Deleon, 19, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Zachary Fuller, 23, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Eddy Gates, 20, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Tysheena James, 21, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Yingming Sun, 25, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Mitchell Winey, 21, US Military Academy (died in flood training incident)
6/6: Bernardino Guevara Jr., 21, US Army (died of gunshot wound on post)
6/5: Antino Glass, 34, US Army (fatal motorcycle accident)
6/10: Duane Shaw, 34, US Army (found dead off post)
6/11: Dougal Mitchell, 32, US Army (fatal automobile accident off post)

July 2016
7/12: Alexander Johnson, 21, US Army (found dead on post)

August 2016
8/1: Logan Rainwater, 24, US Army (fatal motorcycle accident off post)
8/4: Calvin Aguilar, 32, US Army (found dead off post)
8/19: Dion Servant, 24, US Army (found dead on post)

September 2016
9/9: Stacy Hardy, 20, US Army (fatal motorcycle accident)
9/13: Andrew Hunt, 23, US Army (officer found dead at on post residence)
9/17: Nathan Berg, 20, US Army (died of gunshot wound off post)

October 2016
10/7: Bradley Acker, 25, US Army (death was self-inflicted at off post residence)
10/15: Douglas Bailey, 24, US Army (found dead at off post residence)
10/20: Douglas Riney, 26, US Army (ambushed by lone gunman in Afghanistan Army uniform)

November 2016
11/3: Dakota Stump, 19, US Army (found dead on post after went missing)
11/12: Tyler Iubelt, 20, US Army (suicide Bomber on base, Afghanistan)
11/12: John Perry, 30, US Army (suicide Bomber on base, Afghanistan)
11/10: Daniel Monibe, 32, US Army (died of illness off post)
11/16: Kevin Paulino, 24, US Army (died of self-inflicted gunshot wound in Indiana)
11/18: Korey James, 21, US Army (found dead at off post residence)
11/26: Wanya Bruns, 20, US Army (died of gunshot wound off-post)

December 2016
12/6: Allan Brown, 46, US Army (suicide Bomber on base, Afghanistan)
12/24: Paige Fontenot Briles, 21, US Army (found dead in vehicle at on post housing)

January 2017
1/1: Kai Yancey, 26, US Army (died of medical illness)
1/2: Randal Anderson, 22, US Army (died of gunshot wound off-post)
1/7: Barron Von Reichelt, 24, US Army (fatal auto accident)
1/11: Alex Taylor, 23, US Army (found dead on post)
1/12: Zackary Partin, 24, US Army (found dead at on post residence)

February 2017
2/5: Steven Hines, 29, US Army (CID Agent found dead behind building)
2/6: Christie Anderson, 44, US Army (found dead at off post residence)
2/17: Michael Garcia, 29, US Army (died in vehicle training accident)
2/18: Sean Callahan, 31, US Army (passed away unexpectedly in Iowa)
2/21: Brian Odiorne, 21, US Army (non combat death in Iraq ruled suicide by CID)
2/27: Andre Nance, 34, US Army (found dead on post at Fort Rucker, AL)

March 2017
3/26: Jonathan Garcia, 29, US Army (fatal motorcycle accident)

April 2017
4/7: Daniel Wildeman, 40, US Army (found dead on post in barracks)
4/11: Darius Cooper, 40, US Army (declared dead by board of inquiry after went missing when car swept away in low water crossing)
4/16: David Ananou, 30, US Army (death by apparent drowning at Belton Lake)
4/17: Justin Lewis, 19, US Army (shot to death in Killeen, ruled homicide)

May 2017
5/5: Travis Granger, 29, US Army Veteran (gunshot wound, ruled homicide)
5/14: Jon Bullard, 40, US Army (found unresponsive at off post residence in Temple, died next day)

June 2017
6/15: Devon Tucker, 21, US Army (found unresponsive at off post residence in Copperas Cove)

July 2017
7/3: Anthony Lovell, 40, US Army (multiple blunt force injuries, death was ruled a motorcycle accident by the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences)
7/11: Justen Ogden, 22, US Army (found unresponsive at on post home, under investigation)
7/14: James Smith, 24, US Army (fatal motorcycle accident off post, under investigation)
7/26: Deangelo Mathis, 22, US Army (found unresponsive in Georgia)

August 2017
8/1: Zachary Moore, 23, US Army (found unresponsive in barracks room, Korea)

September 2017
9/12: Sean Devoy, 28, US Army (died in fall during helicopter hoist training at Fort Hood)

October 2017:
10/5: Derrick Walker, 40, US Army (died of a long-term illness)
10/12: Alva Gwinn, 39, US Army (shot self during high pursuit with police after accused of sex crimes)
10/12: Angel BenitezQuinones, 32, US Army (found unresponsive on post, under investigation)
10/14: Sameer Chalise, 28, US Army (died due to injuries while swimming with friends)
10/14: John Hatfield, 27, US Army (died of a gunshot wound off-post in Killeen)
10/18: Luke Toomey, 21, US Army (found unresponsive at off-post residence in Copperas Cove)

Learn more:
Honoring the U.S. Service Members Who Died in November 2016
Violent Crime, Suicide, and Non Combat Death at Fort Hood, Texas (US Army)
Military Policy and Legislation Considerations for the Investigations of Non Combat Death, Homicide, and Suicide of US Service Members
Soldier standoffs: Police, community respond to scars of war
The Fort Hood Fallen on Facebook

Fort Hood Military Policeman Sgt. Sean Van Der Wal, US Army, Died in a Traffic Crash on I-35 in Texas; Driver Charged with Intoxication Manslaughter (2016)

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Sgt. Sean Van Der Wal, US Army

Sgt. Sean Van Der Wal, 25, US Army, was killed in a vehicle crash on Interstate 35 near Georgetown, Texas on March 6, 2016. Sgt. Van Der Wal was in the passenger seat of a vehicle driven by Timothy Corders that collided with the back of a parked semitrailer (hazards were on). The two other crash victims including the driver were hospitalized. Sgt. Van Der Wal was a military policeman assigned to the 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade at Fort Hood. Sgt. Van Der Wal joined the Army in 2014 and his home of record is listed as New Castle, Pennsylvania. Timothy Corder, the driver, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault. Corder was booked and released from the County Jail on a $100,000 bond on April 11, 2016. No further information is available at this time.

Data from Corder’s vehicle showed he was traveling at a steady 78 miles per hour just prior to the crash, with no braking or cruise control, the affidavit states. The speed limit at the crash location is 55 mph. –KXAN

Related Links:
Fort Hood Press Center: Sgt. Sean Vanderwal
Death of a Fort Hood Soldier
Obituary: Sgt. Sean McGregor Van Der Wal of Ft. Hood, Texas
Fort Hood soldier killed in crash near Georgetown
Fort Hood IDs soldier killed in Texas crash
ID’ed: Ft Hood soldier killed in crash
Fort Hood: Soldier killed in weekend accident identified
New Castle soldier dies in Texas traffic accident
Police arrest Fort Hood soldier after accident that left a military policeman dead
Man charged in March crash that killed Fort Hood soldier
Man charged for I-35 crash that killed Fort Hood military policeman
Sgt. Sean McGregor Vanderwal, 25, killed, and two people injured in car crash with semi truck near Georgetown, Texas
Violent Crime, Suicide, and Non Combat Death at Fort Hood, Texas
The Fort Hood Fallen on Facebook