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Fort Bragg soldier killed in traffic wreck identified by Army officials

A sign at one of the entrances to Fort Bragg. (Fish Cop./WikiCommons)

Army officials on Tuesday released the name of a Fort Bragg paratrooper killed in a traffic accident last week.

Cpl. Mojave Littlejohn, 21, was driving a military truck in a caravan with other military vehicles heading to a training range on Raeford Vass Road when he was killed in the wreck that happened at about 9:15 a.m. Thursday, the release said.

Littlejohn, originally from Roseville, Michigan, was a horizontal construction engineer in the 161st Engineer Support Company, 27th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, the release said.

“He performed commendably during operations on Sicily and Luzon Drop Zones, serving hundreds of hours behind the controls of bulldozers, excavators, graders, and other heavy Engineer equipment,” according to a post on the 27th Engineer Battalion’s Facebook page. “CPL Littlejohn distinguished himself at every opportunity, whether leading his team during operations at the National Training Center in 2020 or placing 1st in Battalion and Brigade weightlifting and physical fitness competitions.

“He was always the first to step up to the task, and the last to rest when it was done.”

Lt. Col. Shawn Polonkey, commander of the 27th Engineer Battalion, said in the news release that Littlejohn was an exceptional soldier, friend, and paratrooper.

“He had a larger than life personality, a razor-sharp wit, and an ever-present sense of optimism,” Polonkey said. “He was incredibly proud to be a paratrooper, and unmistakably loved his Family, his nation, and those with whom he served.”

Littlejohn enlisted in the U.S. Army in March 2019. He was assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion in September 2019 after completing Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and graduating from the U.S. Army Airborne School at Fort Bragg.

The accident is under investigation.

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