Tag: accidental deaths

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Freedom Isn’t Free: 3 Soldiers Die in Exercise

M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle (photo by Shane A. Cuomo, U.S. Air Force, public domain)

The Bradley Fighting Vehicle is a tall, boxy, tracked, lightly armored vehicle designed to carry a small squad of soldiers while a driver, vehicle commander (squad leader) and gunner maneuver and fight the vehicle. It looks a bit like a tank because it has a turret with a 25mm rapid fire cannon, which can kill peer vehicles but not tanks, due to heavier armor. A unit was out training at night, when a Bradley slipped or got one of its tracks too far over the edge of a bridge in the Fort Stewart, Georgia, maneuver areas. Three of the crew died in the accident and several others were injured.

When the Bradley went off the bridge, it fell upside down into a creek, with running water. Vehicle rollover is a known danger, even for all armored vehicles. There is a standard reaction every crew member practices repeatedly, drilling a response designed to keep you inside and not crushed. If this crew reacted perfectly, and the accident investigators will look into every possible cause, they still found themselves upside down in the middle of the night in water.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Grim Reminder: Military Training Death, 17 April 2019 [Updated]


A West Virginia National Guard soldier fell to his death in a parachute accident during a military training exercise in Virginia.


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Police, Death, and Black Humor Euphemisms


In another conversation, I mentioned that when I was growing up my father was a policeman and I heard about some suicides that were not necessarily suicides, like the belt-and-braces suicide. One guy shot himself in the heart with a long gun (a shotgun, maybe), and then he shot himself in the back of the head with a pistol just to make sure. Ricochet member @alfrench contributed this to the thread:

“Stole more chains than he could carry, then tried to swim across the River with them.”