Faces of the Fort Hood Fallen

These 9 soldiers from Fort Hood died when their tactical vehicle was washed away while crossing the rain-swollen Owl Creek on the Fort Hood Army post.

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PVT Eddy Raelaurin Gates, 20, was from Dunn, North Carolina andjoined the Army in December 2015. “I’m hoping that this is still a dream,” Gates’ mother, Marlene Strongs, told WRAL-TV.
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PVT Tysheena Lynette James, 21, listed her hometown as Jersey City, New Jersey. She entered the Army in November 2015.
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SPC Yingming Sun, 25, was from Monterey Park, California and joined the Army in October 2013.
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Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey, 21, of Valparaiso, Indiana, was a West Point student and was at Fort Hood participating in leader training. He was a member of the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2018.
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PFC Zachery Nathaniel Fuller, 23, from Palmetto, Florida, entered service in November 2015 and was assigned to his current unit at Fort Hood two months ago.
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PFC Brandon Austin Banner, 22, was from Milton, Florida. He joined the Army in March 2014.
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SPC Christine Faith Armstrong, 27, was from Twentynine Palms, California. Her mother, Yolanda Armstrong, said, “We are very proud of her courage and compassion.”
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Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez, 38, the oldest of the victims, was from Brooklyn, New York. He served two tours in Iraq in 2005-2006 and 2011, and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008-2009 and 2013-2014.
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PVT Isaac Lee Deleon, 19, was from San Angelo and the only native Texan among the victims. His Facebook page shows he was engaged to get married.
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