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Car accident claims life of 3rd Brigade Soldier


FORT POLK, La. – Two 10th Mountain Division (LI) Soldiers were involved in a single-car accident near Fort Polk on Thursday, resulting in the death of one Soldier.

Spc. William A. Rhodes, 22, was a native of Hurricane, W. Va. He served as an infantry rifleman assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Family of Spc. Rhodes," said Col. Jose Rivera, rear provisional commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. "Spc. Rhodes will truly be missed by all of us."

Rhodes joined the Army in October 2015. After completing basic combat training and advanced individual training, he was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division.

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

The second Soldier, also assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, was treated at a regional medical center and released.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.





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