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PHOTOS OF SOLDIERS: Fort Hood memorial held for drowned soldiers

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FORT HOOD, TX (KXXV) -

Eight of the Fort Hood soldiers who died after being swept away in a raging flood were remembered today.

Fort Hood and the surrounding community have been grieving since the incident two weeks ago. Today, families, friends, and comrades got to pay their respects.

Texas Senator John Cornyn spoke today about the memorial service today on the Senate floor saying, “I know, without a doubt, that the community there that is nicknamed the ‘Great Place’ is strong…I stand ready to support the Fort Hood community in any way I can while they continue to grieve the loss of these nine heroes.”

On June 2, soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, and 1st Cavalry Division were training on post when their tactical vehicle overturned in high flood waters. Nine bodies were recovered after a vast search.

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A memorial was held on June 9 for 21-year-old West Point Cadet Mitchell Winey, where Winey’s fellow West Point Cadets could say their goodbyes before heading back to Ney York.

The June 16 service began at 2 p.m. at the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel honoring Specialist Christine Faith Armstrong, Private First Class Brandon Banner, Private First Class Zachery Nathaniel Fuller, Private Isaac Deleon, Private Eddy Raelaurin Gates, and Private Tysheena Lynette James.

There will be a separate service honoring Staff Sergeant Miguel Angel Colonvazquez tomorrow.

The Army Combat Readiness Center is still investigating the incident.

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