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Deployed Fort Lewis soldier dies of illness

Post by Scott Fontaine on Sep. 17, 2009 at 3:37 pm with 4 Comments »
September 17, 2009 3:42 pm

A Fort Lewis soldier died Wednesday in a military hospital in Germany after becoming ill during a deployment to Afghanistan.

Sgt. Robert David Gordon II, a 22-year-old River Falls, Ala., native, contracted a “non-combat-related illness” on Sept. 11 while serving with his unit of 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. No other details about his illness were disclosed.

Gordon, an infantryman, served with 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment and had been in Afghanistan since July. He enlisted in June 2005 and reported to Fort Lewis in December 2006. He was on his first deployment.

Twelve soldiers from the brigade have died on this deployment. The 3,900-member unit is fighting Taliban insurgents throughout Kandahar and Zabul provinces.

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  1. hisarmywife says:

    We will probably never know what it was that took his life either… Unfortunetly the military likes to keep things like this under wraps. I honestly hope it wasnt something easily cured and just over looked. RIP

  2. bobbysangelwife says:

    Oh please, stop drinking the conspiracy koolaid….when they know&notify someone will let the people who demand to know (like its any of our business) what he died from.
    And ya know, if it was something ‘easily cured’—soldier’s partly to blame for blowing it off and not handling his medical business. Men (no offense Scott) are notorious for blowing off their symptoms and won’t admit they’re ill until they’re bleeding or can’t breathe any longer. So if the soldier ignored symptoms of being ill, he’s partially responsible.

  3. It was cholera.

  4. grantham07 says:

    The HIPAA policy potentially prohibits the Army from disclosing health or injury details, as if it’s any of our business anyway. It’s not always a conspiracy to keep things under wraps. We are all afforded the right to not have our private medical issues put on blast to the general public and that’s how it should be. If the family wants to share Sgt Gordon’s story that is up to them. Instead of being nosy we should be keeping Sgt Gordon and his family, friends, & fellow unit members in our thoughts and prayers.

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