Pentagon IDs Soldier Who Died During Iraq Deployment

Matthew Cox

The Pentagon on Wednesday released the name of a 1st Cavalry Division soldier who died March 30 in Iraq.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class John David Randolph Hilty died in a "non-combat-related incident," while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in Erbil, Iraq, according to a Pentagon statement released Wednesday.

The 44-year-old Bowie, Maryland, native's death remains under investigation but is not related to the novel coronavirus, according to a March 31 announcement from Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.

Hilty was assigned to the 1st Cav's 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, at Fort Hood, Texas. reached out to Fort Hood officials for more information on Hilty but did not receive a response by press time.

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As of March 30, 93 U.S. service members have died in Operation Inherent Resolve -- 21 killed in action and 72 in non-hostile actions, according to Defense Department casualty figures.

Two soldiers from the 1st Cav's 1-227 died Nov. 20, 2019, in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan's Logar Province.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 David C. Knadle and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk T. Fuchigami Jr. were both identified as AH-64 Apache helicopter pilots.

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