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Bragg paratrooper dies in training accident

Posted June 26, 2011
Updated June 27, 2011

— An 82nd Airborne paratrooper died during an airborne training operation at Fort Bragg Saturday night, the military announced.

Staff Sgt. Jamal Clay, 25, of Elida, Ohio, died when his parachute malfunctioned, officials said.

Clay was a vehicle recovery supervisor with Company G, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

He joined the Army in 2004 and deployed to Iraq in 2006 and 2008, officials said.

Clay is survived by his wife, Jasmine Clay, and two children, Jamier Brown, 6, and Janye McKenzie, 2.


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  • cmsa80 Jun 29, 2011

    such a horrible death. My prayers go out to his family.

  • SouthernGirlJD Jun 28, 2011

    thats aweful! Prayers with his family and fellow soldiers! God Bless our troops!!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 27, 2011

    Why can you thank an invisible spook in the sky here, but not question the wisdom of doing so?

    This soldier lost his life working to defend our country...making a REAL sacrifice...and all people want to do is grovel to some being who didn't or couldn't spare him.

    This, folks, is real sacrifice. You should be worshipping this man.

  • ProudOfMySoldier Jun 27, 2011

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the soldiers family. Just heartbreaking

  • mfarmer1 Jun 27, 2011

    I Hate When That Happens.

  • 1775 Jun 27, 2011

    God be with all involved.

  • james18 Jun 27, 2011

    tragic..RIP paratrooper..prayers sent to your family..