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West Virginia born soldier based at Fort Polk dies on base Thursday

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - A gunshot wound took the life of a 10th Mountain Division soldier on Thursday.

Pvt. Jacob S. Malcolm, 18, of Hedgesville, West Virginia was found in his Fort Polk residence and subsequently pronounced dead around 7 p.m. by the Vernon Parish deputy coroner.  

According to Kim Reischling of Fort Polk Public Affairs, Malcolm was born in Hedgesville, West Virginia and "served as an infantry rifleman assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division."

Reischling said Malcolm joined the Army in February of last year and had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. 

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Private Malcolm," said Rear Provisional Commander, Col. Jose Rivera, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. "It is never easy losing a Soldier and he will be missed."   

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is performing the investigation into the death of Pvt. Jacob S. Malcolm.

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