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Camp Lejeune Marine dead after PT test

Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital. (Department of Defense/Released)

A Camp Lejeune Marine has died during a physical training test that took place in late May.

Private First Class Ethan M. Moores was pronounced dead on May 27 at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune, after collapsing during the PT test on base. The cause of death is currently being investigated by Moores’s unit and Naval Criminal Investigative Services.

Assistant Engagements Officer 2nd Lt Kayla Olsen said there was not a heat advisory the day Moores died, and that base medical services attended to him on scene before transporting him to NMCCL.

Olsen was unable to provide what type of physical training Moores was performing, as well as what time the incident took place.

“It is with a heavy heart that we recognize the passing of Pfc Ethan M. Moores,” said his Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Christopher Richardella. “Pfc. Moores was apart of the 1/8 family and all of the Marines and Sailors deeply feel the loss of a fellow warrior.”

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Richardella went on to say, “Moores was a valued member of the team and will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with Pfc. Moores’s family, friends, and loved ones. We extend our full support to them during this trying time.”

Pfc. Moores was a machine gunner with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division and enlisted in the Marine Corps in September 2018. He graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island in November 2019, as well as School of Infantry-East in February before reporting to his current unit, according to this service history.

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