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Fort Hood soldier identified as Stillhouse Hollow Lake drowning victim

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Posted at 10:17 AM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 13:18:51-04

A Fort Hood soldier has been identified as the victim of a drowning in Stillhouse Hollow Lake Saturday.

Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier whose body was recovered after a boating incident on Stillhouse Hollow Lake Aug. 2.

Spc. Francisco Gilberto Hernandezvargas, 24, whose home of record is listed as Woodside, NY, entered the army in May 2017, as an Automatic Rifleman, and has been assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division since December 2017.

The Bell County Sheriff's Office was alerted that a male, while riding an inner tube behind a boat, went under water and did not surface on Saturday.

This took place in the area of Dana Peak Park on Stillhouse Hollow Lake, according to officials.

His body was recovered on Sunday.

Hernandezvargas’ awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Army Service Ribbon.

“The Black Knight family is heartbroken by the loss of Specialist Francisco Hernandezvargas. Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time,” said Lt. Col. Neil Armstrong, commander of 1st Bn. 5th Cav. Regt. “Specialist Hernandezvargas served his country honorably both stateside while at Fort Hood and abroad in Korea and Romania and this tragic loss is felt by every member within our formation.”

The unit is cooperating with local authorities as this incident is currently under investigation.