​SEAL Dies: Fort Knox Exercise Leaves 1 Dead

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May 18, 2013
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A Navy SEAL dies during a training exercise at Fort Knox, Ky., and the accident is still under investigation. Jonathan Kaloust, 23, joined the military in March 2011.

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Seven other service members received minor injuries. All seven have been treated and released.

Navy officials released few details of the incident, which is being investigated. Kaloust was from Massapequa, N.Y., on the south shore of Long Island, where he graduated high school before getting a political science degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He was a successful wrestler during both his high school and college years, according to the Navy.

Kaloust is survived by his parents, Gary and Irene Kaloust, and a sister, Melanie, all of Massapequa.

Fort Knox, about 50 miles southwest of Louisville, is home to about 14,000 military personnel, including active duty members and reserves. The Army post houses the Army’s Human Resources Command and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Infantry Division. The U.S. gold depository is on the base.

Since World War II, the U.S. Navy has used Fort Knox as a training ground. The post covers more than 170 square miles and the Salt River runs through it. The river is used for training and live fire exercises involving artillery, Bradley fighting vehicles, helicopters and other weapons about 320 days a year.

Sections of the Salt River within Fort Knox are considered danger zones by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and off limits to the public because of the risk of unexploded ordnance.