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Two Ky. Guard soldiers killed in North Dakota car crash identified

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

DEVILS LAKE, Nd. (WKYT) - Kentucky National Guard officials confirmed Thursday that two of its Soldiers, Sgt. Ronald J. Forsyth, 31, of Ryland Heights, Ky., and Spc. Jason S. Burnette, 23, of Manchester, Ky., were killed in a single car crash while on a training mission in Devil's Lake, North Dakota.

Two other Kentucky Guard members were injured in the accident. They were treated at the local hospital and released.

"The entire Kentucky National Guard Family is grieving for the loss of these two Soldiers," said Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Kentucky's adjutant general.

"This is a reminder of how precious life is. Our prayers go out to their Families and their fellow Soldiers. Sgt. Forsyth and Spc. Burnette were valued members of our team and they will be missed by us all."

Burnette is a member of the 207th Horizontal Engineer Company out of Hazard while Forsyth is a member of the 118th Engineer Equipment Supply Platoon based in Walton. The two were taking part in military training at Camp Grafton Training Center, N.D.

The two soldiers were on military orders for engineer-related training at Camp Grafton Training Center, North Dakota. The investigation into what caused the crash remains under investigation by local authorities in North Dakota.


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