Fort Benning reacted Thursday to the death of Pvt. 1st Class Michael Ferreira whose body was pulled from the Chattahoochee River Wednesday.
The 23-year-old soldier was pronounced dead of an apparent drowning at 9:55 a.m. said Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan.
He was reported missing after he went into the water near the 13th Street Bridge around 5:55 p.m on Monday.
He was not wearing a life preserver.
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“This is a tragic loss,” said Lt. Col. Kevin Poole, commander of the 30th Adjutant General Battalion.
In a press release, Poole said, “While Pvt. 1st Class Ferreira was only recently assigned to Fort Benning, we are truly saddened to lose a member our Army family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Pvt. 1st Class Ferreira’s family and friends during this exceptionally challenging time.”
Ferreira of Fort Walton Beach was recently assigned to the 30th Adjutant General Battalion at the post. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
He had not been deployed.