Bernard was a unit supply clerk with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 15th Engineer Battalion.
He was in the rear Humvee of a 14-vehicle company convoy that was struck from behind by a large cargo truck on Autobahn A73 south of Bamberg. The force of the collision pushed the Humvee forward into two other Humvees, killing him and injuring five other soldiers. At the time of the accident, the convoy was en route from Schweinfurt, where the soldiers were stationed, to Grafenwöhr for a military training exercise.
|Jesus, pray for Bernard|
The driver of the truck which struck the convoy is a 38-year-old truck driver from Nuremberg, who received only minor injuries in the accident. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
Bernard deployed to Kuwait after joining the 15th Engineer Battalion in September 2010. He participated in Operation Restore Hope, in Haiti, while assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division.
Friends describe Bernard as a professional who quietly and eagerly assumed responsibility. He is also described as a great soldier with an easygoing side and a concern for his buddies.
Bernard is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife, Karen, and his son, Bernard III, (age 3).
Let us pray that Bernard Hill Jr. is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.