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2 JBLM soldiers die in boating incident

American Lake. (KOMO Air 4 photo)

LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- Joint Base Lewis-McChord says two soldiers died Tuesday in what the base called a boating incident at American Lake.

The base identified the soldiers as Pvt. Jamanni Gibson, 21, of West Peoria, Illinois, and Pvt. Jacques Means, 22, of Killeen, Texas.

The base said their bodies were recovered after there were reports of missing kayakers.

Gibson enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2017, and served in the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, since December 2017, as a motor transport operator. He was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Ribbon and the Army Service Ribbon.

Means also enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2017, and served in 23rd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1-2 SBCT, 7th Inf. Div., since December 2017, as petroleum supply specialist. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. Means is survived by his spouse.


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