Eleven Fort Hood soldiers have died stateside in the past 3 months, all under “mysterious circumstances,” leading the Army and local authorities to launch an investigation into how so many of our nation’s heroes are passing away unexpectedly. At first, there was no indication that the deaths were related, but as bodies continue to pile up, it can no longer be ignored, and the Army is not ruling out “foul play.”
Twenty-three-year-old Sgt. Alex Mathew Dean Taylor of Texas City was the latest person to be found dead. He was discovered unresponsive at his job on the large Texas military base on Wednesday. Taylor, who entered the service as an aviation operations specialist, was assigned to the 15th Military Intelligence Battalion.
“At this point in the investigative process we do not suspect foul play, but have not completely ruled it out while we conduct a complete and thorough death investigation,” Christopher Grey, a spokesperson for the Army’s Criminal Investigations Command, told Stars and Stripes on Friday.
A model soldier, Taylor’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Aviation Badge and Air Assault Badge, among others, according to an Army release. Needless to say, he was the last young man you’d expect to find dead at his desk.
The Army is also investigating the deaths of at least ten other soldiers who have died unexpectedly since October, according to Fox News. Three died from gunshot wounds, while two were found unresponsive in military housing in November and December. Yet another two soldiers succumbed to unspecified illnesses, and one died on post in an automobile accident on January 9.
It would certainly seem unthinkable that more soldiers would be dying stateside than while deployed to areas of active combat, but with the deaths of nearly one dozen Fort Hood soldiers, both on and off base, that is exactly what we’re dealing with. The military needs to get to the bottom of this, and fast. Our country owes that much to these brave service members and their grieving families.