A soldier from the Louisiana Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team died Saturday in McAllen, Texas.
The Louisiana National Guard says that 25-year-old Spc. Bernard Creque, of Lake Charles, died Saturday, July 10, in an off-duty incident.
The incident is currently under investigation by the McAllen Police Department. Details were not released.
Creque joined the Louisiana Army National Guard in October 2012 and earned the military occupational specialty of 42A, Human Resources Specialist.
Creque’s military schools included Basic Training, the Combat Lifesaver Course and the Human Resources Specialist Course.
His awards and decorations included the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (2), the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with mobilization device, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Louisiana National Guard Emergency Service Ribbon.
He is survived by his mother and father.
On Monday, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement on the death of Spc. Bernard Creque:
“I was saddened to learn of the death of Spc. Bernard Creque who dedicated his life to serving and protecting our state and nation through the Louisiana National Guard,” said Gov. Edwards. “He was a decorated soldier who faithfully executed his duties, most recently as a member of the LANG’s 2nd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Infantry Brigade. He tragically lost his life while deployed with his unit, and we will forever be grateful to him. Please join me and Donna in praying for his father, mother, family, hometown of Lake Charles and fellow soldiers.”
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