Soldiers Found Dead in June at Border Identified

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The two soldiers found dead at the southern border in June have been identified by the US Army. On June 1, PFC Steven Hodges was found dead near Nogales, Arizona. On June 23, Pfc. Kevin J. Christian was found dead near Ajo, Arizona. Authorities do not suspect foul play in either case.

Two soldiers found dead, cause unknown

Pfc. Steven Hodges of Menifee, California, 20, enlisted in the US Army in 2017. He was serving as a grenadier with the “Tomahawk Battalion,” 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment in Task Force Red Lion, a mobile surveillance mission.

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Pfc Steven Hodges

“Every Soldier in the Tomahawk Battalion is an essential member of our team. The loss of any Soldier is deeply felt. Private First Class Steven Hodges is sorely missed by his teammates and the entire Tomahawk family, every Soldier is a national treasure.” Lt Col. Sean Lyons


Pfc. Kevin J. Christian, 21, of Haslet, Texas served as an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. He was with the Warrior Battalion on the Southwest Border Support Mission.

“On behalf of the entire Warrior Battalion, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Pfc. Kevin J. Christian. Pfc. Christian was a constant positive force on our team, always ready and willing to shoulder more than his share of the load. He will be sorely missed by the Warriors, but his contribution to our mission and the sacrifices he has made to our country will never be forgotten.” Lt. Col. Dallas Cheatham, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment. 


The cause of death in both cases is under investigation, although officials at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado say they don’t suspect foul play.

The weather in Arizona has been hot and dry lately, with temperatures in the 98 degree range, and humidity at 10%, according to the Tucson Sentinel.

Featured photo: by Cpt. Casey Jemelka/Army – US troops at the border. US Army photo via sofmag.

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