In Memoriam: Spc. Octavious Deshon Lakes, Jr.

Army Spc. Octavious Deshon Lakes, Jr. of Forest Park was killed in a training accident at the Ft. Irwin National Training Center on Jan. 14, 2019 when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle rolled over, injuring 3 fellow soldiers. A combat engineer assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, Lakes served in Kuwait in 2017 as part of Operation Spartan Shield. He was awarded two Army Achievement Medals, a National Defense Service Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, an Army Service Ribbon and an Overseas Service Ribbon. Lakes was honored Feb. 5 by the Clayton County Board of Commissioners and the Forest Park City Council.

Army officials say a 22-year-old soldier has died from injuries he received in an accident at a training center in California.

Fort Hood officials told FOX 5 Atlanta, Spc. Octavious Deshon Lakes Jr., a soldier of the 1st Cavalry Division, was involved in a tactical vehicle accident Jan. 14 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif.

Lakes was a 2015 graduate of Forest Park High School in Clayton County, his family said. They now reside in Buford.

“On behalf of Greywolf Soldiers and Families, Command Sgt. Maj. Ronneburg and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Spc. Octavious Lakes,” said Col. Kevin S. Capra, commander of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team. “His dedication, professionalism and spirit will be missed, but never forgotten.”

Lakes joined the army in 2017 as a combat engineer. He deployed to Kuwait as part of Operation Spartan Shield from July to October of 2017.

He had previously been awarded two Army Achievement Medals, a National Defense Service Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, a Army Service Ribbon and an Overseas Service Ribbon.

Investigators are currently examining the cause of the accident.

Physical education teacher Angela Arnold told the Clayton News that Lakes had played on the cross country and tennis teams at Forest Park High School. “He was extremely respectful and polite to adults and his peers,” she recalled. “He loved building great relationships with his teammates. Ocatvious will certainly be missed.”

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