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Two paratroopers killed in horror crash are named – days after bear mauled third soldier to death at same base

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TWO paratroopers have been killed in a horror multi-vehicle car crash – days after a soldier stationed at the same Alaskan base was mauled by a bear.

Spc. Wyne Lyndon Jacob Abonita, 22, and Pvt. Valsin David Tate Jr, 23, died in Anchorage on May 13.

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Jacob Abonita was killed in a car crash[/caption]

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David Tate, 23, also died in the horror smash[/caption]

They were both stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Two other soldiers were injured in the multi-vehicle smash, according to Stars and Stripes.

It comes just days after Staff Sgt Michael Plant was killed in a bear attack at the base on May 10.

Plant had been at the base since July 2021, the Army said in a statement.

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He was an infantryman from the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

A den with two brown bear cubs was found near where the attack happened, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Lt Col David Ja Nelson, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment commander said that Plant “always had a smile on his face, he always went above and beyond what was asked of him, and he served as an inspiration to all who had the privilege to know him.”

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