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Fort Carson soldiers who died at Lake Pueblo ID’d

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Pfc. Michael Carter (left) and Spc. Zion Thompkins; Courtesy: Fort Carson

PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- Friday afternoon rangers at Lake Pueblo recovered two bodies after the swimmers were reported missing. KRDO learned Saturday that both men were stationed at Fort Carson. In an email Sunday, Fort Carson officially released the identities and photographs of the soldiers.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the deaths of two Soldiers who were assigned to Fort Carson. Spc. Zion T. Thompkins, of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 10th Field Hospital, 627th Hospital Center and Pfc. Michael Carter, of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Aviation Helicopter Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Inf. Div," the email reads in part.

The Pueblo County Coroner said Saturday that the men died in unrelated swimming accidents. The coroner didn't specify the cause of death Saturday, but in the release Sunday Fort Carson media officials said both men drowned.

Fort Carson says the leadership of both units is offering support and their sympathies to the many who are affected.

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  1. Who could have known that Lake Pueblo was racist. A full investigation must be launched by Parks & Recreation to study if drownings are proportional to the population or if we must drain the lake and start with fresh water brought in from Africa to insure that no racism exists.

    1. Wow, kind of sad you felt the need to make a sick joke about the loss of two young service members. Action speaks volumes about character, judging from your comment, you don’t have any.

  2. Odd with two soldiers both drowning in unrelated events at the same lake on the same day. I wonder if they were both raised swimming in lakes that are at lower elevation and lower latitudes.

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