The Department of Defense announced today that Sgt. Keman L. Mitchell, 24, of Hilliard, Fla., was killed on May 26, 2003, in Kirkuk, Iraq. Mitchell jumped into seven-foot deep body of water. When he failed to resurface, members of his squad retrieved him. Medical personnel went to the scene and started cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Mitchell was evacuated to a forward surgical team and was pronounced dead on arrival. Mitchell was assigned to Company C, 4th Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson, Colo.
The Army withheld releasing the soldier's name until today at the request of the family.
The incident is under investigation.