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Soldier from Fulton dies during training in Louisiana

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — The Army says a 101st Airborne Division soldier has died from injuries suffered during a live-fire training exercise at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

A statement from Fort Campbell says the soldier died Tuesday after participating in the event at the Joint Readiness Training Center.


The soldier was transported to Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital at Fort Polk where he was pronounced dead.

The post identified him Thursday as Pfc. Victor J. Stanfill, 19, of Fulton, Maryland. He was an infantryman with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. He enlisted in the Army last September.


Investigators from the Army Combat Readiness Center at Fort Rucker, Alabama, are leading an investigation into the death, Fort Campbell said in a news release Thursday.

No further details were immediately available.

"Live fire training is vital to soldiers who are deploying for combat missions and is part of a training rotation," said Kimberly Reichling, a Fort Polk spokeswoman.

"The Joint Readiness Training Center conducts training exercises 10 times a year to train soldiers for missions they may be called upon to carry out," Reichling said.

Fort Campbell is a sprawling Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border where the 101st Airborne Division is based.

Fort Polk is a 100,000-acre Army training center located in west-central Louisiana.