U.S. soldier dies in Saudi Arabia; Army investigating

The Department of Defense announced late Thursday the death of a soldier who was part of a Security Assistance Organization in Saudi Arabia.

Sgt. 1st Class David G. Robinson, 28, of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., died Oct. 25Tuesday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He was assigned to “United States Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,” according to an Army Central Command spokesman.

The spokesman said that Robinson’s death was noncombat-related and under investigation, but would not provide specifics.

The Chicago Tribune reported that family members said they had gotten no additional information.

According to the Tribune, Robinson was a father of two, and was stationed in El Paso, Texas, where he lived with his wife, Emily, 28, and sons Matthew, 7, and Jackson, 4.

Robinson’s parents, Dennis and Marijo, tole the Tribune that their son met his wife while both were in high school and working at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill.

Robinson enlisted in 2003, his father said.

“It was a period of time when most young men were feeling patriotic about 9/11 and the war that was going on in Baghdad,” Dennis Robinson told the Tribune.


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