FORT BRAGG, N.C. – A soldier from Washington state died in a training exercise at Fort Bragg on Friday, Fort Bragg officials said Saturday in a press release.
Pfc. James Groth, 22, of Ethel, Wash., a cannon crew member, was killed in an incident during a training exercise while soldiers from 18th Fires Brigade's 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment conducted an artillery live-fire training exercise with a M777, 155mm towed howitzer,
Two other soldiers were severely injured. One was in critical condition, the other in serious condition. Five others were treated for minor injuries.
Groth enlisted in the Army in 2012. He was assigned to Bravo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment at Fort Bragg, N.C. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
"Losing a Trooper is heartbreaking. Pfc. Groth will be missed by his friends and fellow Soldiers in the battalion. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Groth family and those that were injured during these difficult times," said Lt. Col. Joseph O'Callaghan, Commander, 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment.
Groth is survived by his wife, Jordan Nicole Groth, and his parents, Wayne and Billie Groth.
The cause of the incident is currently under investigation, officials said.