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Fort Hood remembers soldiers lost in drowning accident

On Thursday thousands at Fort Hood mourned nine fallen soldiers who died in a flash flood during a convoy training exercise June 2.

A memorial service for eight of the soldiers — the ninth was a cadet whose had a service at West Point last week — packed a chapel that holds 1,500. That capacity proved insufficient according to a Fort Hood press release; overflow watched the ceremony live-streamed at Howze Theater, the Phantom Warrior Center, and chapel conference rooms on the Texas base.

"All nine of these soldiers had the fortitude and endurance to accept and conquer the challenges the Army gave them each and every day," Garland said. "They never gave up.

"In closing, to honor their memories," he added. "I am encouraging you all to embrace that concept: As we move forward, inspire yourselves with their memories and dedication to our unit and our nation. We will never give up."

The soldiers died after a 2.5-ton troop carrier was washed away with a dozen soldiers in it as it attempted to cross a low-water crossing during a flash flood. The Army is investigating the incident.

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