MIL Colonel killed in parachute training jump

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  1. Jason H

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    Colonel killed in parachute training jump

    The Associated Press

    Monday Feb 2, 2009

    TAMPA, Fla. — Military officials have released the identity of a soldier who died during a parachute training jump in Florida.
    U.S. Special Operations Command on Friday identified the paratrooper as 46-year-old Col. James L. Merchant III.

    Merchant landed in a Tampa-area retention pond Thursday. A police rescue diver found him about 45 minutes later. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
    Officials say Merchant’s death remains under investigation.

    Merchant was assigned to U.S. Special Operations Command in September 2005 as an information operations planner. He later served as the chief of the information operations division.

    Merchant is survived by his wife, Terri, of Valrico, and his parents, who live in St. Augustine.

    :(

    Reminded me of Turbo. Mind you he's still here :love:
     
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    RIP. his family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
     
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    that's a fucking awful way to go

    RIP
     
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    parachute malfunction? RIP
     
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    wow, here's another accident, just saw it in the news

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/02/02/skydiving.death/index.html
     
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    airborne crew, salute.

    and for the dead civvy instructor... thats just ....wtf?
     
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    No shit
     
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    sucks, my thoughts go to the family and friend of him

    I just ran into a full bird SF guy the other day and he was talking about doing a jump. weird.
     
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    This guy was Signal Corps / Information Operations FA. :o
     
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