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US Army Identifies Paratrooper Who Died in Alaska Bear Attack

A soldier who died this week due to injuries sustained in a bear attack while working at a military training area in Alaska has been identified as Florida native Seth Michael Plant, the U.S. Army confirmed on Thursday.

Staff Sgt. Plant, a 30-year-old infantryman from the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, was pronounced dead at a hospital on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) in Anchorage after the May 10 mauling, Army said in a press release.

A second soldier was also injured during that same attack, according to the release. The wounded soldier was treated for minor injuries and released again.

“Plant was an integral part of our organization. He was a positive and dedicated leader who brought joy and energy to the paratroopers who served with him,” said Lt. Col. David J. Nelson, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

“He always had a smile on his face, he always

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