Soldier from Sanford injured in Fort Bragg training exercise

Feb. 23, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Military officials have identified the 82nd Airborne soldier killed during a training exercise at Fort Bragg as a 22-year-old man from Ethal, Wash.

Authorities say Army Pfc. James Groth was a cannon crew member.

Authorities say two other cannon crew members, 25-year-old Sgt. Jason Muzzy of Pecos, N.M., and 30-year-old Spc. Scott Yeates of Sanford, Fla., remain in the hospital. The five soldiers who sustained minor injuries and were later released were Staff Sgt. Gonzalo Manriquez, 31, of Babson Park, Fla., the howitzer section chief; Sgt. Keith Robinson, 28, of Fayetteville, N.C., a supply sergeant; Sgt. Jonathan Handwerker, 30, of Dayton, Ohio, a cannon crew member; Spc. Shawn Bates, 22, of Sanford, N.C., a cannon crew member; and Pfc. Yonathanmarti Nunezmartinez, 20, of Flushing, N.Y., a cannon crew member.

A statement from the North Carolina Army post says Friday's blast occurred during artillery live-fire training involving the 18th Fires Brigade. Officials said there was an incident with a M777 light, towed howitzer, but have not released any other details.

The Army is investigating.