Jose Eduardo Lopez-Cobena

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Jose Edwardo Lopez-Cobena
Born 1977
Died 2017-03-30
Nationality USA
Occupation soldier
Known for drowned when off-duty
Cable Beach sign, recommending swimmers use a "buddy system".

Jose Eduardo Lopez-Cobena was a senior Non-commissioned officer, from Fort Carson, Colorado, who drowned while serving at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, on March 30, 2017.[1][2][3]

Lopez-Cobena was forty years old, when he drowned.[2] Carol Rosenberg, writing in the Miami Herald, reported that he was just shy of serving 20 years, the time when enlisted soldiers normally retire.

He drowned while he was off-duty, at Cable Beach, one of several beautiful beaches staff are allowed to use.[2] The circumstances of his drowning were not initially reported, and Carol Rosenberg reported that authorities had not announced who would be authorized to conduct an investigation into the death.

The Associated Press reminded readers that three off-dute Marines died, at the base, in 2010.[3]


  1. Gregory Deffenbaugh (2017-03-31). "Fort Carson soldier dies on deployment in Cuba". Fort Carson, Colorado: KDVR-TV. Archived from the original on 2017-04-01. Retrieved 2017-03-30. "According to the Department of Defense, Chief Warrant Officer Jose Eduardo Lopez-Cobena died in a non-combat alleged drowning incident while deployed in support of detainee operations." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Carol Rosenberg (2017-03-31). "Prison camp soldier drowns at Guantánamo". Miami Herald. Archived from the original on 2017-04-01. Retrieved 2017-03-30. "Army Col. Lisa Garcia, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Southern Command, said it was not immediately known what military entity was handling the investigation into the death of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jose Eduardo Lopez-Cobena, 40, a New Yorker." 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Colorado Army officer drowns at US base at Guantanamo Bay". Miami, Florida: Associated Press. 2017-03-31. Retrieved 2017-03-30.