UPDATE: Ex-Greenville resident among those injured in Army training incident


By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 9:53 am on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Cory Muzzy

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A former Greenville resident is one of two men seriously injured Friday during an incident at an artillery live-fire training exercise in which another man was killed.

Sgt. Cory Muzzy, who according to his Facebook page is from Greenville and attended Greenville High School, is listed in critical but stable condition at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., according to a press release from the United States Army.

According to an online fundraiser for the Muzzy family, the sergeant received “many life-changing injuries, including amputations and blindness in both eyes.”

A Facebook page titled “Team Muzzy” and updated by Muzzy’s wife, Michelle, stated Cory Muzzy had his right leg amputated from his knee, completely lost sight in his right eye and may lose vision completely, had a fractured C6 vertebrae and underwent surgery Monday to remove shrapnel from his arm. It states as of Monday he has been awake and communicating with friends and family.

The press release states Muzzy — a cannon crew member with the 18th Fire Brigade’s 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment — was taking part in a training exercise at Fort Bragg when the incident occurred. No details on what went wrong were provided in the release. The exercise was being conducted with a M777, 155mm towed howitzer, an artillery gun.

One man, Pfc. James Groth, 22, of Ethal, Wash., also a cannon crew member, was killed while another was seriously injured and five more treated for minor injuries.

The Fort Bragg Public Affairs office told The Daily News the Army would not be commenting on the incident while it was under investigation.

An online fundraiser has been set up for Muzzy, who according to the person who created the account has a 3-year-old son.

As of Tuesday morning, nearly $12,000 has already been donated. The account can be found at www.fundrazr.com by searching Cory Muzzy in the “find campaigns” box.

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