February 22, 2014
Release #14-02-009Paratroopers killed, injured in February 21 training incident identified - corrected
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — An incident occurred early Friday morning 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 on Fort Bragg that killed one Soldier, severely injured two, and five Soldiers have been treated for minor injuries that were released later in the day.
Pfc. James Groth, 22, of Ethal, Wash., a cannon crew member, was killed during this incident. Groth was pronounced dead upon arrival at Womack Army Medical Center. Pfc. Groth is survived by his wife Jordan Nicole Groth and his parents, Wayne and Billie Groth.
Groth enlisted in the Army in 2012. Upon completion of basic combat training and advanced individual training at Fort Sill, OK., 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.
Sgt. Cory Muzzy, 25, of Pecos, N.M., a cannon crew member is in critical but stable condition at Duke University Medical Center. Spc. Scott Yeates, 30, of Sanford, Fla., a cannon crew member is in serious but stable condition at WAMC.
The five Soldiers who sustained minor injuries and were later released from WAMC on 21 Feb. were Staff Sgt. Gonzalo Manriquez, 31, of Babson Park, Fla., the howitzer section chief; Sgt. Keith Robinson, 28, of Fayetteville, N.C. a supply sergeant; Sgt. Jonathan Handwerker, 30, of Dayton, Ohio, a cannon crew member; Spc. Shawn Bates, 22, of Sanford, N.C., a cannon crew member; and Pfc. Yonathanmarti Nunezmartinez, 20, of Flushing, N.Y. a cannon crew member.
“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.
Funeral and memorial service information is still pending. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation and more information will be provided as it becomes available.
** The previous release identified Sgt. Cory Muzzy as Sgt. Jason Muzzy.
For more information, contact the 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs Office at 910-432-0661 or after duty hours at 910-813-3891.