Standout Army Athlete Killed at West Point on D-Day
More information was learned about the West Point cadet who was killed in a crash at the academy on D-Day.
On Friday, West Point officials confirmed Christopher J. Morgan, 22, of West Orange, New Jersey died due to injuries sustained from a military vehicle accident in the U.S. Military Academy’s training area.
“Cadet Morgan was a valued member of the Corps of Cadets and will be missed by all. The entire community is ensuring that our cadets are being cared for physically, emotionally, and spiritually,” said Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, 60th Superintendent, U. S. Military Academy. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morgan family.”
Morgan was killed as a result of the accident when an M1085 medium tactical vehicle long wheelbase cargo truck rolled over at approximately 6:45 a.m. on Thursday off Route 293 near the Camp Natural Bridge in the West Point training area.
Morgan, a rising senior, was a Law and Legal Studies major and a recruited athlete who was a standout member of the Army wrestling team.
“We are devastated by the news of Chris’ passing. He was a talented, hardworking, and determined athlete who loved his sport,” Army West Point Wrestling Coach Kevin Ward said. “Chris had an infectious personality with a smile big enough to fill any room, and a heart big enough to love everyone around him. He made everyone around him better and he will be greatly missed.”
Nineteen other cadets and two soldiers were injured, officials say. Those injuries are described as non-life threatening.
A memorial ceremony for the West Point community and private funeral service will be held at the academy this week.