Pfc. Monterrious T. Daniel, a 19-year-old Fort Carson soldier, died in a non-combat related incident in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, while supporting the U.S.-led mission against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria, according to the Pentagon.
The Griffin, GA, native earned the National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal during his tenure in the U.S. Army, cut short by an undisclosed fatal tragedy on June 12, only about a year after he entered the service on April 29, 2014.
At the time of his death, Daniel was participating in Operation Inherent Resolve, the official name of the U.S.-led military efforts to defeat and degrade ISIS.
Daneta Johnson, a Fort Carson spokeswoman, told Breitbart News that the cause of his death is under investigation.
His death is the fifth Operation Inherent Resolve-linked fatality to be placed under investigation by the Pentagon.
Daniel’s death marks the seventh American fatality since a U.S.-led coalition began bombing ISIS targets in August of last year as part of the operation.
The first U.S. military death of the war against ISIS took place on October 1, 2014, a couple of months after the airstrike campaign against the terrorist group first took flight in August of that same year.
Daniel met his end a few months after he was sent to Kuwait in mid February 2015, the first deployment of his short-lived military career, information provided by the Fort Carson spokeswoman reveals.
Daniel was assigned to the 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Carson, Colorado, as an ammunition specialist.
“It is always hard to lose a part of our military family,” said Fort Carson officials in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Pfc. Daniel’s family and friends during this very difficult time.”
ISIS War—U.S. Military Death Toll Gleaned From Pentagon:
Marine Cpl. Jordan L. Spears, 21, of Memphis, Indiana, lost at sea Oct. 1 in the North Arabian Gulf. Non-combat.
Marine Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, of Riverside, California, died Oct. 23, in Baghdad, Iraq. Non-combat. Under investigation.
Air Force Capt. William H. DuBois, 30, of New Castle, Colorado, died Dec. 1 when his F-16 aircraft crashed near a coalition air base in the Middle East. Non-combat.
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Anthony E. Salazar, 40, of Hermosa Beach, California, died April 13, at an air base in southwest Asia. Non-combat. Under investigation.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Devon J. Doyle, 21, of Alamosa, Colorado, died May 16, in Manama, Bahrain. Non-combat. Under investigation.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan D. Burris, 24, of Lisle, Illinois, died May 21, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Non-combat. Under investigation.
Army Pfc. Monterrious T. Daniel, 19, of Griffin, Georgia, died June 12 in Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Non-combat. Under investigation.