Two U.S. Army soldiers stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas died in separate vehicle accidents within 48 hours of one another, Army officials confirmed on Monday.
Sgt. 1st Class Dejaun K. Frazier, 43, died in a motorcycle crash on Saturday in El Paso, Texas. Spc. Kenmaj D. Graham, 21, was traveling on foot on the East Side of El Paso on Sunday morning when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle.
Frazier, a native of Tallahassee, Fla., previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps and joined the U.S. Army in February 2011 as a Telecommunications Operations Chief.
“The 1st Armored Division (1AD) G6 team is saddened by the tragic loss of Sergeant First Class Frazier,” said Lt. Col. Michael R. Wacker, the Assistant Chief of Staff for the 1AD. “Sgt. 1st Class Frazier served as a Signal Platoon Sergeant and he was a combat-proven leader who was dedicated to taking care of his Soldiers. His legacy of coaching and mentoring his platoon will never be forgotten. The 1AD G6 team sends our condolences to his family and friends and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.”
Frazier’s decorations include three Army Commendation Medals, the Army
Achievement Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, three Army Good Conduct Medal, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Navy Expeditionary Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Marine Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, three NonCommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Presidential Unit Citation (Navy), Navy Unit Citation and Driver and Mechanic Badge.
Graham, a native of Wichita, Kansas, was a Cavalry Scout and joined the U.S. Army in July 2017. Fort Bliss was his first duty station and he arrived there in December 2017 after completing basic training and Advanced
Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. Graham was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.
“The Bulldog Family mourns the loss of this young man. We send our deepest condolences and prayers to his family and loved ones,” said Col. Jabari Miller, Commander, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team. “Spec. Graham was a valued member of the Bulldog team, a Cavalry Scout, with a bright future in the U.S. Army. He will be missed.”
Graham’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon.