Body Of Soldier Swept Away In Creek Identified

Posted at 5:03 PM, Jul 13, 2016

Authorities have identified a 101st Airborne Division soldier whose body was recovered from a creek.

Officials said 34-year-old Specialist Dhaifal Ali, from Arlington, Texas, was swept away Friday by strong currents in a low water crossing over Little West Fork Creek on Fort Campbell.

Ali’s body was recovered Tuesday after a five-day effort around 500 meters from where he was initially swept away.

Ali was assigned to the 372nd Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade.

Both Fort Campbell and Montgomery County Emergency Services assisted in the search. The search changed from rescue to recovery Saturday.

Those with the 101st Airborne Division said Ali joined the army in March 2013 and graduated from Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. In Missouri, he became a Motor Transport Operations Specialist.

Ali arrived at Fort Campbell in February 2016.

He had received many awards and decorations, including the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

Authorities said the incident remained under investigation.