Navajo Nation Calls for Investigation Into Death of Fort Hood Soldier


Image via Fort Hood Press Center

By Araceli Cruz

September 8, 2020

Multiple investigations are currently underway at Fort Hood after 11 soldiers have died in questionable circumstances since March. 

The Navajo Nation is seeking an investigation into the death of Fort Hood soldier, Pvt. Corlton L. Chee. The 25-year-old died on Sept. 2 at the Carl R. Darnall Medical Center in Texas after collapsing during a training exercise on Aug. 28. Chee was from Pine Hill, New Mexico, and a member of the Navajo Nation.

“We are deeply disturbed by the string of deaths at Fort Hood, and if there is any malfeasance or negligence involved, the Navajo Nation calls on our national leaders to pursue every available avenue to protect the lives of our Navajo warriors and those serving in the US Armed Forces,” Speaker Seth Damon said in a statement on Sept. 5. “Our young Navajo warriors who choose to continue the valorous legacy shared by our Navajo Code Talkers deserve the greatest assurances from our military leaders that their service is not in vain.”

RELATED: These Army Veterans Plan to Vote for Joe Biden. Here’s Why.

Chee is the 11th Fort Hood soldier to die under questionable circumstances. Fort Hood officials said an investigation into his death is underway, along with several other inquiries going on at Fort Hood, both internal and independent. 

“Our hearts are heavy today with the news of Private Carlton Chee’s passing,” Navajo Nation Council Delegate Jamie Henio said in a statement. “Our young Navajos continue to serve at the highest rates per capita in the country, and when we lose just one of our honorable warriors, the entire Nation feels that pain.”

READ MORE: Report Says President Trump Called Military Members’ Losers’ and ‘Suckers’

Here a list of service members that have died since March. 


CATEGORIES: Law and Policy | Military


Local News

Related Stories