U.S. Army officer, Ranger platoon leader killed during tactical vehicle incident

A US Army Ranger has been identified after being killed in a vehicle accident earlier this month.

Captain Connor Bednarzyk was an Infantry Officer and the Platoon Leader of the Distribution Platoon, Echo Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

Born in 1992, Bednarzyk grew up in Virginia before heading off to Penn State University, where he enrolled in ROTC, graduating in the top 10 percent of all ROTC graduates in the US.

The 25-year-old officer completed the Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Benning, GA in 2015 before transferring to 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division in April 2016. From there, he headed to the 75th.

The fatal accident reportedly involved a tactical vehicle and the incident remains under investigation.

During his career, Bednarzyk was deployed to Kosovo once and was awarded the Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge, the Army Parachutist Badge, and the Expert Infantryman’s Badge.

In addition, he was also awarded the Army Achievement Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal.

Bednarzyk’s obituary states that he is survived by his parents and siblings, and that he “enjoyed working out, skiing, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.”

A private funeral is expected to be held at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Pennsylvania, with supporters asked to make donations to a veteran’s charity in lieu of flowers.

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