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Fort Bragg suspects soldiers Joshua Diamond and Matthew Disney died of drug use

'We do have credible information that Joshua Diamond and Matthew Disney were involved with illicit drugs,' said a spokesman for Army CID
UPDATED JUN 15, 2021
(Photo by Logan Mock-Bunting/Getty Images)
(Photo by Logan Mock-Bunting/Getty Images)

FORT BRAGG, NORTH CAROLINA: Two soldiers were found dead in their barracks on June 11. The soldiers have been identified as Joshua Diamond, 35 and Matthew Disney, 20. Officials confirmed on June 14 that the officers were found 'unresponsive' in their barracks and were later declared dead upon examination.

Military officials believe Diamond and Disney were 'involved with illicit drugs'. The soldiers were part of the 82nd Airborne Division Paratroopers. Homicide incidents involving military personnel are not new. In one such incident, a Fort Bragg soldier shot dead his pregnant wife in front of their 3-year-old daughter before killing himself back in December 2020. Reports say that the soldier suffered from PTSD. In a more recent incident in May 2021, a female soldier from Fort Bragg, Sgt Tara Nicole Vinson allegedly killed another servicewoman, Kelia Horton, after finding out she was dating her ex-boyfriend. Another horrific incident took place in May 2021 when a military couple was brutally murdered outside their home in Springfield, Virginia. Edward McDaniel Jr, 55 and Brenda McDaniel, 63, were both military physicians.


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Who are Joshua Diamond and Matthew Disney?

Joshua Diamond of Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Matthew Disney of Aberdeen, Maryland, both joined the army in 2019. Both served as field artillery firefinder radar operators. Diamond was posted at Fort Bragg in 2019 and Disney arrived the following year. Diamond was a combat veteran, who was deployed to Iraq in 2020. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with Combat Device, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge and the Army Parachutist Badge.

Disney’s awards and accolades include the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge and the Army Parachutist Badge.

Chris Grey, a spokesman for Army CID, said, "At this point in the investigation we do have credible information that the soldiers were involved with illicit drugs." Speaking about the incident, Col. Phillip J. Kiniery III said, "We mourn the passing of Matthew and Joshua. They remain part of our Family of Falcon Brigade Paratroopers." He added, "Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones and fellow Paratroopers during this difficult time."

Fort Bragg base is one of the world's largest military complexes with an area of172,000-acre which houses approximately 57,000 military personnel, 11,000 civilian employees and 23,000 family members.