Killeen: Fort Hood soldier killed in training accident laid to rest

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Fort Hood Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez, 38, one of the nine soldiers who died on June 2 when a transport truck was swept away at a low water crossing at Fort Hood was laid to rest Friday in the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.

Colonvazquez, who joined the Army in 2003, was a veteran of two deployments to Iraq and two deployments to Afghanistan.

Family and fellow soldiers remembered him Friday as a honorable man, a great father, and a better friend.

Colonvazquez and eight other soldiers died after the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle in which they and three other troops were riding was swept away at the Owl Creek Tactical low-water crossing and East Range Road during convoy operations training.

The three soldiers who survived were rescued by troops riding in a vehicle that was following the truck

Rescue crews responded to the crossing at around 11:20 a.m. June 2.

The soldiers were part of the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.