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Army Airborne soldier dies during training

Posted September 6, 2008 4:14 p.m. EDT
Updated September 6, 2008 10:13 p.m. EDT

— The military is investigating the death of an Airborne soldier who collapsed and died during physical training.

The Army said in a news release Saturday that 44-year-old Staff Sgt. Huy Nguyen of Inglewood, Calif., died Friday. A cause of death has not been determined.

Nguyen was a CH-47 Helicopter Flight Engineer with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. He joined the division earlier this month and joined the Army in 1996.

First Sgt. Reginald Thomas says Nguyen was admired by his peers for his ability to remain calm during stressful situations.

Nguyen's awards and decorations include the Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Afghan Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Nguyen is survived by his wife and daughter, Evgenia and Angelena Nguyen of Cameron, N.C., and his mother and father Kim Tran and Thanh Nguyen of Hawthorne, Calif.