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Two Soldiers Killed During Fort Hood Training Were From SoCal

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Fort Hood. (Drew Anthony Smith/ Getty Images)
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Two of the nine soldiers killed Thursday when their truck was swept away by a flooded creek have been identified as Southern California residents.ABC-7 reports that 27-year-old Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong of Twentynine Palms and 25-year-old Spc. Yingming Sun, from Monterey Park were among the dead.

Heavy rain in Texas last week caused severe flooding at Fort Hood in central Texas. On June 2, during a training activity, the rapid current from the flood-swollen Owl Creek caused the vehicle to overturn. Nine soldiers were killed, and an additional three were rescued and are in stable condition.

According to a Facebook post from Ft. Hood, Sun entered active-duty military service in October 2013 as a motor transport operator. Since August 2014, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon.

Armstrong entered active-duty military service in February 2014.