FT. HOOD SOLDIER DIES IN TRAINING EXERCISE
MISSING FOUR DAYS ON HUGE MILITARY BASE
IN TEXAS - SIX LEADERS AT NCO ACADEMY
"DISCIPLINED" - DID THEY BEAR RESPONSIBILITY
IN-PART FOR SGT LAWRENCE SPRADER'S
DEATH? - MOST GOT "LETTERS OF REPRIMAND"
ONE NONCOM RELIEVED OF DUTY
"I want to complete the exercise," Sgt. Lawrence Sprader told superiors via his cell phone as he wandered around lost during a three-hour land navigation test at sprawling Ft. Hood, Texas.
The 25 year-old Korean-American's dogged determination to make it back to the rally point on his own proved fatal.
His two canteens of water long gone, cell phone battery now depleted, the only result left for him was death.
Four days after Sprader failed to return, his body was found not far from a paved road and in an area with adequate water supply nearby. Close, but no cigar.
DID SEARCHERS FAIL TO FIND LOST SOLDIER
IN FIRST SWEEP THROUGH AREA?
An autopsy report showed Sprader died of "dehydration and hypothermia." The date of demise was between June 8 and 12, 2007. MilitaryCorruption.com is checking the weather report for that period to see if the temperature could get down low enough to result in death according to the official account. At any rate, four days without water was probably enough to finish the trooper off.
Did soldiers looking for the GI properly and thoroughly search the area for their comrade? Could the sergeant's life have been saved if he had been found within, say, 24 hours? Some folks stationed at Ft. Hood who contacted us think so. But now, perhaps, we will never know.
Another thing we won't know is the names of the NCO's who were investigated in the tragic death. Since their "punishment" was meted out in an "administrative action," the results are "not privy to the Freedom of Information Act," says Col. Diane Battaglia, a III Corps spokesperson. She said all the soldiers, except one, remain on active duty status at Ft. Hood. No names have been or will be released, she said.
We do know that one senior NCO has been relieved of duty.