24-Year-Old Soldier Found Dead in Lake is Fifth Fort Hood Service Member to Die This Year

Spc. Francisco Gilberto Hernandezvargas died after a boating incident on Stillhouse Hollow Lake in Texas. / Army

The body of a Fort Hood soldier was recovered from a lake near the Texas base weeks after another soldier drowned there — marking the fifth service member stationed at Fort Hood to be found dead this year.

Spc. Francisco Gilberto Hernandezvargas, 24, of Woodside, New York, was found dead Sunday after he disappeared underwater while being pulled on an inner tube behind a motorboat on Stillhouse Hollow Lake, according to Fort Hood officials.

Bell County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the drowning and Fort Hood officials say they are cooperating with local authorities. It’s unclear whether foul play is suspected in the case.

Hernandezvargas joined the army in May 2017 as an automatic rifleman and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division since December 2017. He also served abroad in Korea and Romania.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Jackie Salo