June 3, 2016 – The nine soldiers who died when the Army truck that they were riding overturned during the massive flood that happened at Fort Hood had undergone different struggles before dying but were all tasked to be transport operators who are to send off troops and cargo to different Army bases and battlefields.
These men who died in service were Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez; Specialists Yingming Sun and Christine Faith Armstrong, Pvts. First Class Brandon Austin Banner and Zachery Nathaniel Fuller, Pvts. Isaac Lee Deleon, Eddy Raelaurin Gates and Tysheena Lynette James, and Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey. These men were on mission when the truck that they were riding on got flooded. There were three soldiers who were saved by the troops following them; however, the rest of them died in the accident.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter shared that they will continue investigating on this case. It can be traced that those soldiers were undergoing the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle routine mission when the rain came and the water rose from an unexpected amount which caused the unfortunate tragedy.
Governor Greg Abbott has already declared a State of Disaster in 31 countries as the rainy season continues. Meteorologists say that because the grounds were saturated and creeks have swollen, it would be difficult for these entities to absorb a huge amount of downpour.