4e RE: 5 killed legionnaires in August 2000

17 years ago, on August 16, 2000, a ceremony took place inside the barracs of the 4th Foreign Regiment (4e RE), the training unit of the French Foreign Legion, to render homage and to say the last goodbye to legionnaires killed in an accident during their basic training.

According to the official statement, two Renault TRM 4000 trucks occupied by the 2nd Platoon, 2nd Enlisted Volunteers Company, 4e RE were going to Castelnaudary, the garrison town of the Legion’s training regiment in southern France, in the afternoon of August 7, 2000. The platoon (around 40 men) left an isolated farm some 20 miles (around 30 km) distant. The legionnaires spent their first four weeks of basic training there.

The driver of the second truck lost control of his vehicle when approaching the road verge to let an oncoming car to pass. The truck left the road and, having broken two trees, it was stopped by the third one. The truck was demolished.

Four legionnaires were killed immediately. Another 11 fresh legionnaires were wounded, including 4-5 badly injured men. One of them died a few days later, on August 18.

Legionnaires killed in the August 2000 accident:

  • Legionnaire DOLAK S.
  • Legionnaire HARASZTOSI A.
  • Legionnaire RAVALASON A.
  • Legionnaire SMYRNOV S.
  • Legionnaire URANO T. (Japanese, he died on August 18)

During the August 16 ceremony, the killed and wounded legionnaires were awarded with the gold National Defense Medal with the inscription “Légion étrangère” (Foreign Legion). Two families of the killed legionnaires were attending.

In September 2013, another serious road accident with 4e RE legionnaires occurred. This time, nobody was killed. Nevertheless, an officer + 18 legionnaires were wounded. They also belonged to the 2nd Enlisted Volunteers Company.

4e RE: 5 killed legionnaires in August 2000 - the demolished truck
The demolished Renault TRM 4000 truck
4e RE: 5 killed legionnaires in August 2000 - the ceremony on August 16
The ceremony at the 4e RE on August 16, 2000. The Japanese legionnaire died two days later…

4e RE: 5 killed legionnaires in August 2000 - medals

 

See also:
An old French article: Quatre jeunes militaires tués

 

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