New Jersey Guardsman is first U.S. military casualty from coronavirus

Amy National Guard Capt. Douglas Linn Hickok died after lengthy hospitalization.

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March 30, 2020 - 10:39pm

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The Pentagon announced Monday its first casualty from the coronavirus outbreak, a New Jersey Army National Guardsman.

The deceased troop is Capt. Douglas Linn Hickok, according to a tweet from Gen. Joseph Lengyel, the chief of the National Guard Bureau.

"Today is a sad day for the Department of Defense as we have lost our first American service member – active, reserve or Guard – to Coronavirus," Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said. "This is a stinging loss for our military community, and our condolences go out to his family, friends, civilian co-workers and the entire National Guard community. The news of this loss strengthens our resolve to work ever more closely with our interagency partners to stop the spread of COVID-19."