Florida resident and soldier falls to his death in Stephens Gap cave

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said Phillip Whitehead, 20, had been in the Army for about a year.

Posted: Jul 7, 2019 3:25 PM
Updated: Jul 9, 2019 8:41 PM


From Maj. Martin Meiners, Deputy Public Affairs Officer, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault):

Phillip Whitehead; Photo: U.S. Army

Pfc. Phillip W. Whitehead, Jr., 20, of Deltona, Florida, was a Combat Medic Specialist assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He joined the Army in 2017 and arrived to Fort Campbell in 2018.

His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Air Assault Badge.

The incident is under investigation by Army CID and the Jackson County, Alabama Sheriff's Office.

From earlier: 

A Florida man fell to his death Saturday night while rappelling in a cave in Stephens Gap in Woodville, which is located in Jackson County.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said the climber was identified as 20-year-old Phillip Whitehead. The fall was reported around 6 p.m. Saturday evening. 

Deputies said the Florida native was stationed at Fort Campbell and was rappelling with a co-worker who has spent about 10 years in the Army. Whitehead had served with the Army for about a year. 

The pair were rappelling in a popular climbing spot called the Key Hole, which is about 140 feet to the top. 

Whitehead is at least the second climber to die while at Stephens Gap.

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