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Pfc. Andrew J. Sass (Photo: U.S. Army)

FREMONT, N.C. — A North Carolina soldier was killed Saturday during a training exercise at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., according to the military.

WRAL-TV reported that the death of Pfc. Andrew J. Sass, 23, of Fremont, is under investigation. Little has been released about the cause of his death.

Pfc. Sass was a 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division Soldier.

The team was sent to the National Training Center earlier in June for a month-long training exercise.

Sass entered the military in May of 2013 and attended training in Fort Benning, Georgia. He arrived at JBLM in October of 2013.

He earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and an Army Service Ribbon.

“(This is) a true loss to the Lancer team. He was a husband, warrior, and true friend to all. He will be missed, but we will not forget him,” Col. Louis A. Zeisman said in a statement.


  • navy vet

    A salute to all that have served this country. These service members are an elite groupe that know the risk not only in training but on the battle field. They risk theirlife for the protection of all ourrights. They should never be forgotten but held in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Doc Bennett

    I hope you never lose a child, parent, friend while they are serving the country. I pray for you.

  • Ann Overton

    This young man is my great nephew. He is a husband, father, son, grandson, nephew, and cousin. He will be missed more than I have words to explain. He was loved and respected by so many. I’m afraid that we will never know what truly happened, and we will certainly never understand why. He is so much more than any news article can capture. But he wanted to be a solider since he was a little boy. Now his little boy has lost a father. He is a true American hero.

  • MarineDad

    As a Father of a Infantry Marine now serving, my Thoughts and Prayers go out to his Family and friends it takes a brave and strong person to enlist in our Military’ yes he is a hero!!!

  • Teresa Weis

    Words alone will never express the love and respect I have for any man or woman who is willing to wear the uniform of the US Military. My heart is truly heavy for this man, his family, and his friends. May God bless and comfort you all. We have lost another “HERO.” I just pray his family get closure on what really happened.

  • Ann Overton

    Please keep this family in your prayers. Andrew has a cousin , who at this very moment is in boot camp for the Marine Corp. My brother will not survive losing another grandson.

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