Army IDs 2 soldiers who died after O‘ahu swim

HONOLULU — The Army has identified the two soldiers who died after they tried to swim back to shore from a windward Oahu island known as Chinaman’s Hat.

The Army says 27-year-old Sgt. John Nguyen and 26-year-old Pvt. Tuan Huynh died Friday at Kualoa Beach Park near Kaneohe. The Schofield Barracks soldiers had walked out to Mokoli‘i Island during low tide and struggled to swim back during high tide.

A third soldier sustained injuries and was being treated at a nearby hospital.

An investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of death.

Nguyen, from Clemson, SC, was assigned to Charlie Company, 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade. He graduated from Clemson University in 2006, and spent time serving in Afghanistan in 2009-2010.

Huynh, from Alpharetta, GA, was assigned to Headquarters, Sustainment Automation Support Management Office, 45th Special Troops Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade.

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