‘Beloved’ Army paratrooper killed in motorcycle accident

Rest in peace, Sgt. Hughes.

A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division died on Sept. 4 in Fayetteville, N.C., as a result of a motorcycle accident.

Sgt. David Eugene Hughes Jr., 32, was an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator with A Troop, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, according to a division press release. He was from Fresno, California. 

Lt. Col. Margaret Stick, commander of the 1-17 said in the release that Hughes was “a beloved member of the Saber Family.” 

“The shock of his sudden passing has been felt throughout the formation,” Stick said. “Although only with the formation for a few short months, his professionalism, competence and caring demeanor made him an invaluable member of the team – a true friend and mentor. He will be greatly missed.” 

Among his service awards and decorations are the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal with knot device, and more.

Haley Britzky
Haley Britzky

is the Army reporter for Task & Purpose, covering the daily happenings in the Army and how they impact soldiers and their families, as well as broader national security issues. Originally from Texas, Haley previously worked at Axios before joining Task & Purpose in January 2019. Contact the author here.

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