James Groth

James R Groth

Ethel, Washington

February 21, 2014

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
22 Army Pfc

Bravo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment

Fort Bragg

 

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From The Army Times armytimes.com 02/23/14:

Army ID's Bragg paratrooper killed in training exercise
The Army on Saturday identified the paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division who was killed in a training accident on Fort Bragg, N.C.

Pfc. James Groth, 22, of Ethal, Wash., was a cannon crew member.

Groth died from injuries sustained during an artillery live-fire training exercise on Friday. Seven other paratroopers, all of them from the 18th Fires Brigade, were injured. Two of the injured remained in serious but stable condition Saturday; five others were treated for minor injuries and released from Womack Army Medical Center on Friday.

The incident happened early Friday morning as soldiers from the brigade’s 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment were training with a M777, 155mm towed howitzer, according to information released by the 82nd Airborne.

The eight soldiers were immediately taken to Womack, where Groth was pronounced dead.

Sgt. Cory Muzzy, 25, of Pecos, N.M., a cannon crew member, is in critical but stable condition at Duke University Medical Center. Muzzy was transported to Duke from Womack on Friday.

Spc. Scott Yeates, 30, of Sanford, Fla., also a cannon crew member, is in serious but stable condition at Womack.

Two on-site medics are credited with providing “crucial” life-saving care to the paratroopers immediately after the incident, according to the statement.

Groth joined the Army in 2012. He is survived by his wife, Jordan Nicole Groth, and his parents, Wayne and Billie Groth.

“Losing a trooper is heartbreaking,” Lt. Col. Joseph O’Callaghan, commander of 3rd Battalion, said in a statement. “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.”

Funeral and memorial service information for Groth was still pending.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation by teams from the 82nd Airborne Division, Army Criminal Investigation Command and the Army Readiness/Safety Center.

From Cable News Network cnn.com 02/23/14:

Paratrooper dies during training at Fort Bragg
By Susanna Capelouto and Ben Brumfield, CNN
February 23, 2014 -- Updated 1557 GMT (2357 HKT)
(CNN) -- A 22-year-old Army paratrooper died during a live-fire training exercise at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Friday, according to the 82nd Airborne Division.
Pfc. James Groth of Washington state was a cannon crew member taking part in the exercise using artillery and live ammunition, said public information officer Sgt. First Class Teresa Coble.
Groth was pronounced dead on arrival at Womack Army Medical Center.
The incident involved a towed M777 howitzer, according to the Army.
Two soldiers were seriously injured. One was in critical but stable condition at Duke University Medical Center, and the another was in serious but stable condition, the airborne division said in a statement.
Five others were treated for minor injuries and released.
More details of the incident were not released due to an ongoing investigation.
Groth enlisted in 2012. After basic combat training, he joined the 18th Fires Brigade's 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment at Fort Bragg.

From The Fayettville Observer fayobserver.com 02/22/14:

Fort Bragg paratrooper killed in training accident, injured soldiers identified
Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2014 9:21 pm | Updated: 8:11 am, Sun Feb 23, 2014.
By Gregory Phillips Staff writer
Fort Bragg was Pfc. James Groth's first duty station. Having enlisted in 2012, the Washington state native was assigned to Bragg's Bravo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment out of basic training.
The 22-year-old cannon crew member's first assignment for the Army would also be his last. Groth was killed Friday during a live-fire artillery training exercise that injured seven other soldiers, two of them seriously.
On Saturday, Fort Bragg officials released the identities and conditions of those involved in the incident.
Sgt. Cory Muzzy, 25, of Pecos, N.M., is in critical but stable condition at Duke University Medical Center. Spc. Scott Yeates, 30, of Sanford, Fla., is in serious but stable condition at Womack.
Like Groth, both were cannon crew members, according to a news release.
The exercise involved an M777 light-towed howitzer. The cause of the incident remains under investigation, officials said. The Army Criminal Investigation Command, the 82nd Airborne Division and the U.S. Army Readiness Safety Center are investigating.
Groth is survived by his wife, Jordan Nicole Groth, and his parents, Wayne and Billie Groth of Ethel, Wash.
"Losing a trooper is heartbreaking," said Lt. Col. Joseph O'Callaghan, Groth's commander, in a statement. "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."
Groth was pronounced dead upon arrival at Womack Army Medical Center after Friday's incident, officials said Saturday.
His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
Five soldiers sustained minor injuries: Staff Sgt. Gonzalo Manriquez, 31, of Babson Park, Fla., the howitzer section chief; Sgt. Keith Robinson, 28, of Fayetteville, a supply sergeant; Sgt. Jonathan Handwerker, 30, of Dayton, Ohio; Spc. Shawn Bates, 22, of Sanford; and Pfc. Yonathanmarti Nunezmartinez, 20, of Flushing, N.Y.
Handwerker, Bates and Nunezmartinez are all cannon crew members. All five were treated and released at Womack Army Medical Center, the release said.
Groth's funeral arrangements are pending.

From WFTV 9 wftv.com 02/22/14:

Posted: 7:09 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
Local soldier injured in explosion at Ft. Bragg
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — An Army soldier from Sanford was seriously injured in an explosion that happened during a training exercise at Fort Bragg, military officials said.
Officials said 30-year-old Spc. Scott Yeates of Sanford remains in serious condition at a North Carolina hospital. Another soldier was killed in the blast, according to officials.
Authorities identified the 82nd Airborne soldier who was killed as 22-year-old Pfc. James Groth from Ethal, Wash. Groth was 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.
Authorities said a third cannon crew member, 25-year-old Sgt. Jason Muzzy of Pecos, N.M., also remains in the hospital. Five other injured soldiers were treated and released.
The Army is investigating what went wrong.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

From KING 5 Seattle king5.com 02/22/14:

Soldier from Wash. state dies in Fort Bragg training accident
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.

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