Nation in Mourning After Military Service Member Dies While Swimming at Cuban Beach

October 19, 2018Oct 19, 2018

The nation is in mourning today after the loss of one of our military members. According to reports, Private First Class Matthew Cox has passed away.

Cox was assigned to the Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay. He decided to go for a swim at a local beach. However, the current proved to be too much for him.

"Pfc. Matthew Cox had been swimming with four friends at Cable Beach on Tuesday when the water overwhelmed him, The Army Times reported. The four other service members were not injured, according to The Gazette, which cited a news release from the Iowa National Guard," according to Fox News.

The Coast Guard launched an immediate search to try and bring Cox to the shore alive. Unfortunately, his body was discovered on Wednesday afternoon. The young man from Iowa had perished in the ocean.

“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,” Iowa National Guard Maj. Gen. Tim Orr said in a news release. "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."

Join us in praying for his family and friends during this sad time. We pray they take comfort in knowing his nation is proud of his service.

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