Spc. Darius Cooper
3rd Cavalry Regiment
Spc. Darius Cooper, 40, was pronounced deceased June 15 after extensive search, rescue and recovery efforts by Fort Hood Fire and Rescue teams were unsuccessful in locating the Soldier who was swept into flooding waters in Clear Creek near Turkey Run Road just before 6 a.m. April 11. The Army appointed a board of inquiry to conduct a status determination to determine the Soldier’s personnel status.
Per Army Regulation 638-8, Army Casualty Program, and Department of Defense Instruction 2310.05, Accounting for Missing Persons, the board concluded and recommended to the Army Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. James T. Iacocca, and Iacocca agreed that Spc. Darius Cooper is deceased. The official date of his death is determined to be April 11.
Cooper, whose home of record is listed as San Antonio, entered active-duty service in June 2008 as a culinary specialist. He was assigned to 2nd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, since June 2016.
Cooper deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from September 2009 to July 2010 and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from March 2013 to November 2013.
Cooper’s awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and Combat Action Badge.
“Despite the diligent effort to find Specialist Cooper, it is heartbreaking for our Soldiers and the Fort Hood Family that we were not able to locate him,” said Maj. Gen. John Uberti, III Corps and Fort Hood deputy commanding general. “Our thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences go to the Cooper Family, loved ones and fellow Soldiers impacted by this tragedy.
“I’d also like to thank the many emergency responders, not only Fort Hood’s, but the state and local community agencies who came forward and tirelessly and professionally searched for Specialist Cooper.
“Our thoughts, prayers and condolences also go to the Family, loved ones and friends of Morgan’s Point Resort Police Department Dive Team member Lori Pohanka-Kalama who lost her life during the search.”
More than 800 individuals were involved in the search, including emergency responders from Texas Task Force One boat and dog teams, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, Texas Game Warden’s lake search teams, Morgan’s Point Resort Police Department dive and sonar search teams, Fort Hood’s Crisis Response Battalion ground search teams, and 1st Air Cavalry Brigade helicopter assets who aided in the search.
Pfc. Devon James Tucker
3rd Cavalry Regiment
Pfc. Devon James Tucker, 21, was found unresponsive June 15 at his off-post residence in Copperas Cove.
Tucker, whose home of record is listed as Wayne City, Illinois, entered active-duty service in January 2016 as an indirect fire infantryman.
He was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, since May 2016.
Tucker deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from August 2016 to February 2017.
Tucker’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and NATO Medal.
Circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation by the Copperas Cove Police Department.