82nd Airborne paratrooper killed in NC training identified


Pfc. James Groth, 22, of Washington

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. — The soldier was killed during a training incident at Fort Bragg early Friday morning has been identified.

Pfc. James Groth, 22, of Washington, was killed while troops from 18th Fires Brigade conducted an artillery live-fire training with a M777 light.

Officials said two other soldiers were seriously injured and five others were treated and released from Womack Army Medical Center.

Of the two seriously injured, Spc. Scott Yeates, 30, remains at Womack Army Medical Center. Sgt. Jason Muzzy, 25, is in critical but stable condition at Duke University Medical Center.

Groth enlisted in the Army in 2012 and was a cannon crewmember. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon

“We are diligently working to provide Soldiers and their families the support and care during this difficult time. We have suffered a great loss in the 18th Fires Brigade and express our deepest condolences. Those that have been affected by this tragic incident remain in our thoughts and prayers,” said Col. Stephen G. Smith, Commander, 18th Fires Brigade.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing with teams from the 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Army CID and the U.S. Army Readiness/Safety Center.

WTVD contributed to this report.

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