‘Paradise’ Not Immune From Military Suicide

Hawaii-Based Soldier Who Shot Herself Was From Alaska

Associated Press, Mar 07, 2011 

HONOLULU — The Army has identified the Hawaii-based soldier killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound March 4, 2011.

Army Pvt. Galina M. Klippel, 24-year-old recently returned from Afghanistan deployment, fatally shot herself March 4, 2011.


The 8th Theater Sustainment Command said Monday Pvt. Galina M. Klippel is survived by her husband and foster mother. The 24-year old laundry and textile specialist is from Anchorage, Alaska.

Klippel enlisted in the Army in 2007 and had been assigned to the 540th Quartermaster Company for one month. She deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010.

She died at Wahiawa General Hospital Friday evening. The incident began about two hours earlier when military and federal police officers responded to a report of a soldier brandishing a weapon.

After police surrounded the area, Klippel retreated to the inside of a vehicle, where she fired the fatal shot.

The Army says the shooting is under investigation.

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