Fort Campbell Soldier Dies After Being Struck by Military Vehicle

by Courtney Blackann
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A U.S. Army soldier was struck and killed by a military vehicle this week in a devastating incident. The soldier was training at the Kentucky-based Fort Campbell when the accident happened. Another soldier was also hit during the event. The tragic incidents are now under investigation.

While details about the collision remain uncertain, Spc. James Roberts, 26, of Nashville passed away from his injuries following the accident. He was of the 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Tea, 101st Airborne Division. The other Army soldier received treatment at a nearby hospital.

“Our prayers, thoughts and abiding support are with the Roberts family,” Lt. Col. Jason Shuff, Roberts’ squadron commander, said in a statement, per Fox News. “Spc. Roberts was a beloved member of our intelligence section and a friend to many in the squadron. His loss leaves a scar on our hearts.”

Further, when Roberts joined the military in 2018, he joined as an intelligence analyst. He was also on the U.S.-Mexico border mission back in 2020.

Roberts leaves behind his wife, mother and children. There’s also an official investigation into the accident by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center.

U.S. Army Soldier Posthumously Receives Awards

While Roberts’ untimely passing is absolutely tragic, there’s a silver lining for another soldier, whose sacrifices went unacknowledged for too long.

Private Gordon Lee Hardy fought for the United States as an Army soldier in World War II. He gave his life, the ultimate sacrifice. Yet the man’s actions went unrecognized following the war. However, back in October of this year, that all changed.

Hardy’s brother posthumously accepted several medals of honor for the young soldier. Hardy died in combat just three weeks before the United States’ defeat of Germany. He was almost 20-years-old. Col. Donald Hardy, the soldier’s brother, was proud to accept some award on his behalf.

“Over seven decades later, I am honored to finally deliver long-overdue recognition for Private Hardy’s extraordinary service that his family deserves. Private Hardy was part of our greatest generation and gave the ultimate sacrifice so that all generations that came after him would have their freedoms and way of life preserved. His story is an inspiration and no matter how many decades pass, his legacy and impact will never be forgotten,” says Kentucky representative Andy Barr.

Further, Hardy’s relatives said the moment is one they won’t soon forget. They took delight in seeing the soldier’s recognition after so many years.

“It was an overwhelming experience for [Donald] to see those seven medals and know that [Gordon] had finally been recognized after 76 years,” said William. “And at the age of 94, my father was overwhelmed with emotion. And that’s not something you see from that generation.”