West Point identifies 22-year-old cadet killed in training crash

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A 22-year-old New Jersey man was identified as the West Point cadet killed Thursday in a roll-over crash during a training exercise.

The military academy said Cadet Christopher J. Morgan, class of 2020, was pronounced dead at the scene from his injuries.

“Cadet Morgan was a valued member of the Corps of Cadets and will be missed by all,” said Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, superintendent of U. S. Military Academy. “The entire community is ensuring that our cadets are being cared for physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morgan family.” 

Morgan, of West Orange, New Jersey, was a law and legal studies major, and a member of the Army Wrestling Team. West Point wrestling Coach Kevin Ward said Morgan was “a talented, hardworking, and determined athlete who loved his sport” and said the team was “devastated.”

The tactical vehicle overturned around 6:45 a.m. as it was headed to a land navigation site as part of standard summer cadet training. Two soldiers and 19 other cadets — all from the class of 2020 — were injured. Williams said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

West Point cadets will hold a vigil to honor Morgan on Friday evening. A memorial ceremony for the West Point community and private funeral service will be held at the academy next week.

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