Corlton L. Chee was a Fort Hood soldier who collapsed during a physical training session has died, officials say.
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According to a Fort Hood press release, Pvt. Corlton L. Chee, 25, died on September 2, following a physical training incident at the Texas base. According to officials, Chee was taken to the Carl R. Darnall Medical Center on August 28 after he collapsed during the session.
Chee was transferred to the Baylor Scott and White hospital two days later, where he passed away. The case is currently under investigation.
According to Task & Purpose, Chee was a tank crewman from Pinehill, New Mexico. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment.
Chee’s death comes on the heels of numerous other cases of missing and deceased soldiers from Fort Hood.
Earlier this month, the commander of the U.S. Army’s Fort Hood has been removed from his position, according to a statement by the U.S. Army.
Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt, the commander at Fort Hood, was supposed to take over the 1st Armored Division, per the press statement, but the Army will now decide and announce within days who his replacement will be.
The decision comes amid numerous investigations at Fort Hood, particularly concerning missing and/or deceased soldiers. At least 11 soldiers have disappeared this year alone. Five of those soldiers are deceased and several were met with foul play, including Vanessa Guillen, Brandon Scott Rosecrans, and Gregory Morales.
Another Fort Hood soldier, Elder Fernandes, was found hanging from a tree last month, according to Natalie Kwaham, his family’s lawyer. Kwaham said that Fernandes was sexually assaulted while on base and after he reported the abuse, he was hazed and bullied. Consequently, he reportedly developed mental health issues.
Due to the ongoing issues, the Army appointed Gen. John Murray as the commanding general of Army Futures Command. He’s expected to help “lead an in-depth investigation into the chain of command actions related to Spc. Vanessa Guillen.”
Guillen, who disappeared in April, was found two months later in three shallow graves near the Leon River.
Spc. Aaron David Robinson is accused of killing Guillen before hacking her up and burying her. Robinson allegedly enlisted the help of his girlfriend, Cecily Aguilar, who helped him dispose of Guillen.
Aguilar was arrested in July and charged with tampering with evidence, namely a human corpse. Robinson took his own life while being pursued by authorities.
“There are currently several investigations underway at Fort Hood which are tasked with reviewing a wide range of topics and concerns,” Army officials said. “Gen. Murray will roll those efforts into a more complete and comprehensive investigation that will delve into all activities and levels of leadership.”
FORT HOOD, Texas — Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who passed away on Sept. 2 after collapsing following physical training on Aug. 28.
Pvt. Corlton L. Chee, 25, whose home of record is listed as Pinehill, New Mexico, entered the army in February 2020, as a Tank Crewman, and has been assigned to 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division since July 2020.
Chee collapsed while conducting physical fitness training and was transported to the Carl R. Darnall Medical Center on Aug. 28. He was then transported to Baylor Scott and White in Temple,TX on Aug. 30 where he passed away with his Family by his side. An autopsy is scheduled with the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.
The unit leadership will continue to provide support and assistance to his Family during this difficult time.
Chee’s awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
“Our team is devastated by the loss of Pvt. Chee. Corlton was an amazing Trooper and so full of life and potential.” said Lt. Col. Ron Sprang, commander of 2nd Bn. 12th Cav. Regt. “Every loss effects every single person in this Battalion because we a family of warriors, but this is exceptionally heartbreaking. The entire Thunderhorse team sends our condolences to his family members and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.”