West Point Identifies Cadet Killed in Training Accident


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The remains of a cadet killed in a vehicle accident near the West Point training site have been identified, according to CNN.

Twenty-two-year-old Christopher J. Morgan of West Orange, N.J. “died due to injuries sustained from a military vehicle accident at a training area,” the U.S. Military Academy at West Point announced last Friday. Two soldiers and 19 other cadets were injured in the rollover accident.


According to West Point spokesperson Lt. Col Christopher Ophardt, the cadets from the class of 2020 were headed to a land navigation course to do a map reading exercise.

“Cadet Morgan was a valued member of the Corps of Cadets and will be missed by all,” said Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, the superintendent of the US Military Academy at West Point in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morgan family.”

Morgan, a Law and Legal Studies major and a standout wrestler, was recruited for his exploits on the mat.


“We are devastated by the news of Chris’ passing. He was a talented, hardworking, and determined athlete who loved his sport,” said Army West Point Wrestling Coach Kevin Ward. “Chris had an infectious personality with a smile big enough to fill any room, and a heart big enough to love everyone around him. He made everyone around him better and he will be greatly missed.”

President Donald Trump, in Europe observing the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy, France, by the allied forces, tweeted his condolences.

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I feel terrible for this young man’s family. He went off to train for a career which could have put in harm’s way for years, but died in a damned motor vehicle accident in training. No doubt during the relatively short period when his family thought they could hold off on their worrying for his safety. He should have been fairly safe during training.

I’m genuinely curious about WTF happened here. Judging by the number of injured, I’m guessing the vehicle was a duece and half or a five ton truck (unless it was a Blackhawk and they didn’t mention it for some reason). Any driver of one of those knows to drive especially carefully since there are no seatbelts for those in the rear and only half assed rollover protection.

HTF does one manage to roll over one of these trucks in training?