Fort Bragg to hold memorial service for Golden Knight

The Army will hold a memorial service at Fort Bragg on Wednesday for a Golden Knight parachutist who died in an accident at an airshow in Chicago earlier this month.

Corey Hood fell unconscious to the ground after colliding with a parachutist from the Navy’s Leap Frogs during a performance at the Chicago Air and Water Show on Aug. 16. Hood, who was posthumously promoted to Master Sergeant, was 32.

The memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Golden Knights’ aviation hanger at Pope Army Airfield at Fort Bragg. Hood was buried Saturday following a funeral at the high school he attended in West Chester, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. A single parachutist from the Golden Knights honored Hood’s dream of landing on the Lakota West High School football field where he played.

Hood joined the Army as an Airborne artilleryman right after high school. He served four deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, according to the Golden Knights, and had been a member of the demonstration team of the Golden Knights for two years.