JBLM soldier drowns in Mount Rainier National Park

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Members of the 62nd Civil Engineer Squadron, pack up after installing the new Joint Base Lewis-McChord sign at the entrance of the base Sunday

Members of the 62nd Civil Engineer Squadron, pack up after installing the new Joint Base Lewis-McChord sign at the entrance of the base Sunday

The body of 23-year-old Antonio Scott, a specialist in the 42nd Military Police Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, was recovered Monday from a lake in Mount Rainier National Park.

Scott, a native of Mobile, Alabama, drowned while swimming with friends in the unnamed lake.

Park officials said Scott was swimming across the lake when he began to struggle. His friends tried to help but he went underwater and did not resurface, park spokeswoman Patricia Wold said.

Scott’s body was found about noon Monday.

Scott was a traffic management collision investigator in the 51st Military Police Detachment, according to JBLM officials. He enlisted in the Army in January 2017. Scott had been at JBLM since his graduation from Military Police One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Capt. Michael Mathews, commander of the 51st Military Police Detachment, said Scott’s impact was felt across the unit and that his smile will always be remembered. JBLM officials called Scott a consummate professional.

During his service, Scott was awarded two Army Achievement Medals and the Army Good Conduct Medal.

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