July 9, 1997 |
An Army Black Hawk helicopter on a routine training mission crashed and burned in a remote area of Ft. Bragg, killing all eight soldiers aboard, military officials said. The chopper went down about 2:30 p.m. EST at the western end of the sprawling base near Fayetteville. All the dead were members of the 82nd Airborne Division, said Sgt. Ron Gardner. It was not clear what caused the crash. The weather was clear and calm when the helicopter went down. Sgt.
September 20, 1990 |
An American soldier was killed and two others were injured today in a Jeep accident in the Saudi Arabian desert, U.S. military officials said. The death brought to 17 the number of fatalities among American personnel since Operation Desert Shield began in early August. All were accidental. Military spokesmen said the latest accident involved a vehicle belonging to the 82nd Airborne Division operating "off road" in an undisclosed location.
August 30, 1997 |
Human error was the apparent cause of a crash July 8 at Ft. Bragg of a UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter that killed eight 82nd Airborne Division soldiers, the Army said. Investigators found no mechanical defects that might have caused the crash and concluded that one of the helicopter's rotor blades struck a tree as it descended while making a turn, the Army statement said. The helicopter went down in a wooded area near the southwest corner of the post, about 20 miles southwest of Fayetteville,
November 22, 1990
Benjamin Hayes Vandervoort, 75, a hero of the D-Day invasion whose story was one of the many portrayed in the movie "The Longest Day." Vandervoort, then a lieutenant colonel, parachuted into Nazi-held France with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division in the invasion that led to the end of World War II in Europe. He broke his leg in the jump the morning of June 6, 1944.
December 30, 1989 |
Alexander Ellis II, brother-in-law of President Bush, died Friday of a stroke. Ellis, 67, was married to Nancy Walker Bush Ellis, sister of the President. He had been hospitalized for the last two weeks at Massachusetts General Hospital and had undergone an intestinal operation Monday, said his son, Alexander III. Ellis was the son of a well-known insurance broker. He attended Yale University and served as a lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne Division in Europe during World War II.
February 25, 1996 |
The Army said nine 82nd Airborne Division soldiers face disciplinary proceedings and could be kicked out of the military for alleged racist activities. Most of the other 13 soldiers Ft. Bragg had identified as being involved in the skinhead culture received lesser punishments such as written reprimands and being barred from reenlisting. Two quit the Army and one was being removed for unrelated misconduct.
January 8, 1990 |
The first major group of U.S. combat troops will return from Panama today and will be welcomed home at a ceremony at Ft. Bragg, N.C., the 82nd Airborne Division announced Sunday. The 700 soldiers of the 83rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Regiment were part of the 7th Infantry's Atlantic Task Force. U.S. troops have returned in small groups since the invasion, but this will be the first arrival of a major military unit that participated in the invasion, a Ft. Bragg spokesman said.
September 19, 1990 |
An Army paratrooper suffered a superficial leg wound today when struck by shrapnel from a misguided artillery shell during live-fire exercises in the Saudi desert. The 105-millimeter round struck sand and exploded about 100 yards from an infantry platoon from the 82nd Airborne Division. The soldiers were lying in the sand to prepare for firing exercises. One of the soldiers, identified by others in the platoon as Pvt.
August 21, 1990 |
The Army said Monday that it has set up a special mail address system to speed delivery of letters to GIs now operating in Saudi Arabia. Mail for members of the seven Army units now in Saudi Arabia as part of Operation Desert Shield should be addressed with the following New York Army Postal Office numbers: 101st Airborne Division: APO New York 09309. 82nd Airborne Division: APO New York 09656. 24th Mechanized Infantry Division: APO New York 09315.