Joint Base Lewis-McChord – The Army is investigating the death of a 22-year-old Ranger whose body was found by his comrades at his Joint Base Lewis-McChord residence two weeks ago.
Spc. Richard “Rick” Kemp’s family told a Milwaukee TV station that his Jan. 20 death appeared linked to a May 2010 parachute training incident that left him with severe headaches months afterward.
“He had memory loss and couldn’t sleep. That was going on since May,” his mother, Phyllis, told TMJ4.
The Army does not consider Kemp’s death the result of a training incident, said Tracy Bailey, spokeswoman for the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Bailey said Kemp’s death is under investiga- tion, which is standard practice for deaths on base.
Kemp’s family told the TV station that he had deployed to Iraq twice and fought with the Ranger regiment on classified missions.
“His dream was to be a Ranger in special ops and he became one,” Kemp’s father, Richard, told TMJ4.
Kemp was laid to rest in his home state of Wisconsin on Jan. 29.