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Update: Hunter Soldier Killed During Parachute Training

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A U.S. Army Ranger died during training Thursday, during an airborne proficiency jump at Taylors Creek Drop Zone.

Pfc. Christopher P. Dona, 21, was found on the drop zone unconscious and without a pulse.  Ranger medics and Fort Stewart emergency medical response technicians were unable to revive him.

The incident is under investigation.

Dona was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., as an automatic rifleman.

"Chris was an excellent Ranger who consistently displayed great courage and strength – a true warrior," said Lt. Col. Robert J. Harman, Commander of the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. "He was the kind of Ranger everyone wants by their side in a tough situation. Above all, Chris was the epitome of what we expect of our Rangers – a quiet professional with unmatched selfless service. He will forever be part of this unit and an inspiration for the Rangers of today and those yet to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dona Family."

A native of Dudley, Mass., Dona returned from his first deployment to Afghanistan last month.



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