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Soldier dies after being found unconscious in South Korea

Gwangam-dong Gate at Camp Hovey. (Kriegschwein/Wikimedia Commons)
November 07, 2018

A 1st Armored Division soldier died after being found unconscious at a base in South Korea, the Army said Wednesday. The cause was under investigation.

Sgt. Marcos John Aguon, 28, was a cannon crew member with the Fort Bliss, Texas-based 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, which rotated to South Korea last month.

He was found unconscious at Camp Hovey and pronounced dead Sunday at Joongang St. Mary’s Hospital in the surrounding city of Dongducheon, which is near the border with North Korea.

The details surrounding Aguon’s death are under investigation, the Army said in a press release.

Aguon, who was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment, joined the Army from Talofofo, Guam, in January 2015.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sgt. Marcos Aguon’s family for their loss,” battalion commander Lt. Col. Jason Carter said. “Sgt. Aguon was a Non-Commissioned Officer that everyone looked up to and an integral member of the Defender battalion. His unfortunate passing will be felt by us all.”

The brigade began a nine-month tour supporting the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea on Oct. 22. Some 28,500 U.S. servicemembers are stationed in South Korea, which remains technically at war with the North since the 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty.


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