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US Army soldier dies in Alaska car crash

Spc. Jordan Tyler Dorman, 21, was a machine gunner with the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. (U.S. Army/Released)
October 01, 2020

A U.S. Army soldier from Fort Wainwright, Alaska was killed in a car accident on Tuesday.

Spc. Jordan Tyler Dorman, 21, died in the accident, which occurred in North Pole, the U.S. Army confirmed in a statement to American Military News on Thursday.

Dorman was a machine gunner with 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

Dorman had returned from deployment to Iraq earlier this year. He deployed in September 2019 with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, and returned in July 2020.

He had enlisted in the Army in July 2017, and had been assigned to the Alaska base in October 2017 after completing training at Fort Benning, Ga.

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He had received the Army Achievement Medal with “C” device for meritorious action during combat, in addition to the Army Good Conduct Medal, Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

“Spc. Jordan Dorman was a caring husband, loving father, and selfless individual who easily wore the uniform in service to his country,” said Lt. Col. Tim Garland, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment commander. “Jordan’s contributions to the team and our mission during Operation Inherent Resolve were immeasurable and enabled his company and the battalion to achieve success. His example inspired those around him, his character drove all of us to bring our best, and his love for others endeared him to many. Our Soldiers are heartbroken over his untimely death and we are all focusing our love and energy on his family.”

The accident occurred at the intersection of the Richardson Highway and Peridot Street in North Pole between a 2019 Chevrolet Impala and a semi-truck. Initial local reporting said the semi-truck driver was not injured, but the driver of the Impala died at the hospital of his injuries.