Fort Polk soldier dead after a gunshot wound on base

FORT POLK, La. (Fort Polk Public Affairs) - A 10th Mountain Division soldier died from a gunshot wound at a residence on base at Fort Polk Thursday.

Source: MGN

Pvt. Jacob S. Malcolm, 18, was a native of Hedgesville, West Virginia. He served as an infantry rifleman assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Private Malcolm," said Rear Provisional Commander, Col. Jose Rivera, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. "It is never easy losing a Soldier and he will be missed."

Malcolm was pronounced dead at 7:04 p.m. on Thursday by the deputy coroner of Vernon Parish, Louisiana.

Malcolm joined the Army in February, 2017 and following Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training, he was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

The facts and circumstances of his death are currently being investigated by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.

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