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Oceanside soldier killed in Bahrain crash

February 13, 2012 |  8:52 pm

PFC Cortez
A 24-year-old soldier from Oceanside has been killed in a traffic accident in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain, the Army announced Monday.

Pvt. 1st-class Cesar Cortez was killed Saturday. The accident is under investigation, the Army said.

Cortez was with an air-defense artillery regiment based at Fort Bliss, Texas. He enlisted in March 2011 and deployed to Bahrain in December. He is survived by his parents and a brother.

Bahrain, home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, is a major U.S. ally in the region.


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Photo: PFC Cesar Cortez. Credit: U.S. Army