Fort Campbell Identifies Soldier in Boating Accident Death

May 15, 2018

Pfc. Juwan Richardson
Credit Courtesy of Fort Campbell

Update May 15: Fort Campbell has identified the soldier who died in a boating accident on Kentucky Lake as 20-year-old Pfc. Juwan Richardson of Gordon, Alabama.

He had served as a petroleum supply specialist in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team "Strike." He joined the Army in 2016 and arrived at Fort Campbell in 2017. Crews searched for Richardson over the weekend after he went missing on May 11 at Kentucky Lake. He was located and pronounced deceased on May 14.

Lt. Col. Matthew Adamczyk, Richardson's battalion commander, said in a release Richardson was a dedicated and hard-working member of the team.

"He was an integral member of the team, respected and loved by all his fellow Soldiers.  His infectious positive attitude and tireless work ethic will be sorely missed.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time," Adamczyk said.

The cause of the accident is under investigation. 

Earlier Story: 

Crews have found the body of a Fort Campbell soldier who was reported missing while tubing at Kentucky Lake.

A statement from Lyon County Emergency Management says a search team and divers recovered the body Monday near mile marker 30 on the waterway.

The soldier was reported missing Friday while tubing behind a pontoon boat on Kentucky Lake near Lake City. A statement from Fort Campbell said the soldier was boating and swimming with friends when the accident occurred.

The Lyon County Emergency Management Agency led recovery efforts with help from several agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard, Fort Campbell, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife and several search and rescue teams from nearby counties.

Officials say crews worked almost nonstop through the weekend to find the soldier.

This story has been updated.