Fort Bragg officials ID 23-year-old soldier killed in vehicle accident

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WTVD) -- Fort Bragg officials have identified the soldier killed Thursday in a military vehicle accident on post.

Spc. Luis Herrera, 23, of Marion, died from injuries sustained in an accident while conducting routine military training, officials said Friday.

"Our thoughts and prayers, along with the Paratroopers of 'Geronimo' 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, are with Spc. Herrera's wife and loved ones as we mourn the loss of Luis," said Capt. Daigoroh Abreu, his company commander. "Big Lou's presence was a gift to us all, and his radiant smile brought warmth to all who knew him."

Spc. Luis Herrera was from the western North Carolina town of Marion.

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Herrera was assigned to Raider Company, 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

"Spc. Herrera was an exceptional Paratrooper and an engaged friend to all those who knew him. Luis was a soldier's soldier who always led by example and never missed a chance to leave a positive impact on those around him," said Col. Theodore Kleisner, commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. "Our brigade was made better by the selfless service of Spc. Herrera. The leaders and Paratroopers of 1st Brigade Combat Team are committed to ensuring every resource is available to his family and peers to help them through this difficult time."

The 2-501st Parachute Infantry Regiment will host a memorial for Herrera in the coming weeks.

He enlisted into the U.S. Army in November 2017, as an Infantryman and served two deployments to Kuwait.

His military awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the Parachutist Badge.

He is survived by his wife, parents, family, and friends.

Three other soldiers who were injured in the accident are expected to recover. One was treated at Womack Army Medical Center and released. The other two were admitted for treatment and observation.

The deadly incident remains under investigation.

The incident happened a day after several soldiers were overcome by heat during an aircraft training exercise at Fort Bragg.
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