San Antonio Express-News
A soldier found dead at her off-post residence has been identified as Capt. Alexis E. Graff, bringing the number of GIs to die under similar circumstances in recent months to three.
An Army nurse assigned to the 10th Field Hospital at Fort Carson, Colo., Graff had been posted to Brooke Army Medical Center. What she did at the hospital isn’t clear.
“We were all greatly saddened to learn of Alexis’ death,” said Lt. Col. Chad Vermillion, the 10th Field Hospital commander. “She was an outstanding officer and talented nurse who deeply cared for her patients and all those around her. She made a lasting difference to this organization and its people. She will be missed dearly.”
Graff, 34, was found unresponsive last Thursday at her home. She was pronounced dead at BAMC.
Joint Base San Antonio, which issued a release about her death last week and again Monday, did not say how she died. The base said the incident was under investigation.
Graff’s death is the third over the past several months involving soldiers who worked in Army medical specialties at Fort Sam. Joint Base San Antonio has provided little information about the deaths.
Two of the deaths occurred at residences off Fort Sam and were handled by local authorities. San Antonio police did not respond to email and phone messages asking about them.
One of the deaths, an Army Reserve soldier training at Fort Sam, occurred a few weeks ago.
Joint Base San Antonio said Monday that Spc. Craig A. Boylston, 38, of El Paso was found unresponsive in a car outside his barracks in mid-June. Authorities said nothing of the death other than that the Army Criminal Investigation Command was investigating.
Boylston had been at Fort Sam since March for training to be a behavioral health specialist and was scheduled to graduate with his class in July.
A short obituary issued by a funeral home in Clarksville, Tenn., said he was survived by his wife, Chelsea Sherrod; mother, Wallanna Boylston, and a sister, Catherine G. Boylston, and that a private graveside service was planned.
A few months earlier, a combat medic assigned to the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence on Fort Sam was found unresponsive April 24 at his San Antonio home following an “apparent sudden death” report.
Police did not release a report and Joint Base San Antonio has given no cause of death for Spc. Jerald Offer, 24. He had been in the Army more than three years, graduating from basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., in 2017.
Offer did his advanced individual training at Fort Sam, where he became a combat medic, and had been assigned to the 188th Medical Battalion’s training support activity since May 2018. In that job, he provided emergency medical care during field training exercises on JBSA-Camp Bullis.
An obituary said Offer, who was known as Jerry, “passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at his residence minutes from the hospital that helped bring him into this world.”
He was raised in Liberty County, northeast of Houston, and graduated from high school there. He initially worked at Flour Daniels before enlisting in the Army as a 68W combat medic. The obituary said he had been accepted to a number of Texas universities and had intended to continue his education in the medical field.
“Jerry was an ambitious, motivated, and well-liked man with plans to help who he could,” the obituary said. “He had words and a heart that could heal like no other.”
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