Soldier dies during training in Georgia

Private First Class Jacob Atchison (Fort Moore)

An Army recruit died after having a medical emergency during basic training at Fort Moore.

Private First Class Jacob Atchison, 19, died last Wednesday at a hospital in Georgia, according to the Army.

The Army did not elaborate on what medical emergency Atchison had but stated that it occurred during training.

Fort Moore officials said emergency crews and drill sergeants quickly started performing life-saving measures on him until they could get him to the hospital on base but he died shortly after.

According to his obituary, he started basic training in May and was one of the top recruits in his company.

“He earned top shot for his company and received expert marksmanship,” the obituary reads. “He was made team leader in his platoon, and chose his call name to be Atlas. His ultimate goal was to join the 75th Ranger Battalion and someday join the Special Forces.”

Private First Class Jacob Atchison (Courtesy photo)

He was an Infantryman (11B) with Delta Company, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment and 197th Infantry Brigade and was set to graduate basic OSUT combat training this past Friday, according to WRBL.

“We are all deeply saddened by the loss of this outstanding Soldier and send our heartfelt condolences to his family,” said Lt. Col. Josh Horner, commander of 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment. “They are in our thoughts and prayers.”

Prior to joining the Army, he earned his third-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and was even an instructor. 

The army says an investigation will be conducted to determine a cause of death.

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