A young Hispanic soldier tragically died during a military exercise in Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Castrenses authorities reported that Private Jean Cruz De León died after his parachute had a training failure. The incident is under investigation.
The 20-year-old soldier was originally from Marrero, Louisiana, and was a member of the 505th infantry paratrooper regiment.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of Pfc. Jean Cruz De Leon, a grenadier assigned to @PantherBrigade . He died from injuries sustained during a training event in Fort Stewart, GA.
We will never forget you, fly high!
Paratroopers never die, they just slip away. pic.twitter.com/3wC0lb4y6K
— All American Division (@82ndABNDiv) September 10, 2020
“Cruz De León was a dedicated soldier who believed in continually perfecting his craft and contributing every day to our mission”
Said Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Molly, commander of the regiment. “He was a paratrooper and an outstanding friend, whose actions helped the success of our unity.”
Other soldiers remembered him with a cheerful companion, who always sought to raise the morale of the group.
Cruz De León had been in the army since May 2019. Before being a paratrooper, Cruz De León served as a grenadier and then became a radiotelephone operator (RTO).