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Maryland Army National Guard Soldier dies in off-duty accident

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Posted at 9:40 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 21:40:25-04

A Maryland Army National Guard Soldier died in an off-duty accident Tuesday night.

Officials say Spc. Josean J. Osoria was a member of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 1st Battalion, 175th Infantry Regiment and served in the Maryland National Guard since January 2016.

He was trained as a combat medic and human resources specialist and served on active duty at the Fifth Regiment Armory as a personnel services specialist.

“He was gregarious and always displayed a positive attitude,” said Capt. Hyung Cho, unit commander. “It’s a tragedy and a tremendous loss for our organization. My sincere condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Osoria was awarded the Maryland Commendation Medal for his support during the MDNG’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Maryland Emergency Service Medal and Maryland Outstanding Unit Ribbon will be awarded posthumously. His other awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Maryland Recruiting Ribbon.