Jersey City Army Private died in Fort Hood flooding accident
An Army private from Jersey City was among the nine soldiers who died in a training accident at Fort Hood in Texas on Thursday.
Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James, 21, joined the Army in 2015 according to the base's Public Affairs Office. She was a motor transport operator and had served with the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood since April.
In less than a year, James was awarded a National Defense Service Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Medal and an Army Service Ribbon.
The Army identified Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez, Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong, Pfc. Brandon Austin Banner, Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller, Pvt. Isaac Lee Deleon, Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates, Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James, and Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey as the other victims of the incident.
"Tysheena L. James is a good friend of mine that she's family. She was killed in the line of duty yesterday in the storms of Texas at the young of 21, doing what she loved," her friend Cee Parker wrote on Facebook.
Another friend, Sheila Mike, wrote "Jersey City has lost one of our own young, inspired and future shining stars."
Fort Hood spokesman Tyler Broadway said that 12 Fort Hood soldiers were on Thursday's convoy training exercise on a dirt road parallel to a paved road that the base had closed because of the risk of flooding. A rush of water overturned the 2½-ton Light Medium Tactical Vehicle.
Two bodies were found in the vehicle and three others were found downstream from it hours later. The last four missing soldiers were found dead downstream Friday, said Maj. Gen. John Uberti, deputy Fort Hood commander.
The Associated Press contributed to this report