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Marine dies during live-fire training event at Camp Pendleton

U.S. Marines. (Giancarlo Mollicone/Marine Corps Air Station Miramar)
August 18, 2023

A United States Marine died late Thursday during “a night live-fire training event” at the Marine Corps School of Infantry-West at Camp Pendleton, Calif, officials said.

“An investigation into the circumstances of the death is ongoing and the command is fully cooperating with the investigation efforts. SOI-W is providing support to the family and peers of the deceased during this difficult time. There is no additional information available at this time,” Marine Corps Training Command said in a statement, according to Marine Corps Times.

The deceased Marine’s name has not been released.

“School of Infantry-West trains Riflemen and Infantrymen in MOS [Military Occupational Specialties] skills across the infantry training continuum and produces Combat Instructors who train Marines here and throughout their careers to dominate and control any battlespace,” the school’s website states.

A soldier with the U.S. National Guard also died recently after a run at Camp Shelby in Mississippi, officials said, and a second soldier was hospitalized.

According to CNN, the Mississippi National Guard noted that the unidentified soldier from the Illinois National Guard, who passed away, suffered a medical emergency following a two-mile fitness test run.

While the official cause of the soldier’s death has not been released, medics “reported symptoms associated with heat-related injuries” both for the soldier who died and the other soldier who was injured the following day, CNN reported.

Earlier this year, a recruit died at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.

Pfc. Noah Evans, 21, died during a physical fitness test, officials said at the time. The recruit was assigned to Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment.

“Our deepest condolences go out to Noah’s family and to the Marines and staff of Mike Co,” the Marine Corps said in a statement.

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.