Robert Traxel

Mo. soldier dies
7:25 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Mo. National Guard soldier dies during training mission in Guatemala

Mo. National Guard Staff Sgt. Robert J. Traxel, shown here in Guatemala, was killed Monday in an accident during a training mission in the country.
(provided by the Missouri National Guard)

A soliderĀ  in the Missouri National Guard has died of injuries suffered during a training exercise.

Staff Sgt. Robert J. Traxel was providing public affairs support to the Beyond the Horizon mission in Guatemala. The National Guard says the 34-year-old was struck in the head by a tree limb that fell in wind generated by helicopter blades. The incident, which happened Monday, is being investigated.

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