Iowa National Guard soldier dies in Cuba

Authorities say he was swimming and got caught in the current.

Posted: Oct 18, 2018 8:31 PM

JOHNSTON, Iowa – A member of the Iowa National Guard has died while swimming at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Pfc. Matthew A. Cox, 19 of Leon, was swimming with four other service members at Cable Beach on Tuesday when authorities say he was overpowered by the strong current. Cox’ body was not recovered until Wednesday afternoon. The other four service members were not harmed.

"This is indeed a sad day for the Iowa National Guard. The loss of a Soldier under any circumstances is difficult. My heart aches for Matthew's family as well as the Soldiers he served with in the 186th MP Company," said Maj. Gen. Tim Orr, the Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cox family and his fellow Soldiers. We will do everything in our power to assist them during this difficult time."

An investigation is underway into this death.

The Iowa National Guard says Cox is survived by his parents, Jason and Beth Cox, and brother, Mark Cox, all of Hartford. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Article Comments

Mason City
Clear
20° wxIcon
Hi: 25° Lo: 9°
Feels Like: 9°
Albert Lea
Clear
19° wxIcon
Hi: 22° Lo: 9°
Feels Like: 13°
Austin
Clear
21° wxIcon
Hi: 26° Lo: 7°
Feels Like: 13°
Charles City
Clear
18° wxIcon
Hi: 23° Lo: 6°
Feels Like: 8°
Rochester
Clear
15° wxIcon
Hi: 22° Lo: 6°
Feels Like: 4°
Waiting for the weekend warm-up
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

30 Hour Famine

Image

Coronavirus Mask shortage

Image

Why a Leap Year?

Image

A Second Chance at a Beautiful Smile

Image

City, medical leaders unveil plans to combat the coronavirus

Image

Why Leap Year?

Image

Leap Year Explained

Image

Chris' PM Weather Forecast 2/28

Image

North Iowa Home and Landscaping Show

Image

Firefighters prepare for Coronavirus

Community Events