Camp Pendleton Training Exercise Takes the Life of a Marine

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A training exercise yesterday at Camp Pendleton, California, took the life of 1 U.S. Marine and injured 18 others. Early information indicates that it was a vehicle rollover during a “routine training exercise.”

Camp Pendleton

1 Marine killed at Camp Pendleton, 18 other injured- Twitter photo

The name of the Marine  will not be released until 24 hours after relatives have  been notified. The last death at Camp Pendleton was in 2013. Palomar Medical Center in Escondido received several of the injured, though a hospital spokesperson did not give details.

First Lieutenant Colleen McFadden, spokesperson for Camp Pendleton, stated that there were few details at this time, including what kind of vehicle was involved or the extent of the injuries.

“The command’s priorities are to take care of the Marines, Sailors and families of the unit.  We want to ensure the Marines and their family members are being provided for during this difficult time.” First Lt. McFadden

The Camp

Camp Pendleton is home to the 1st Marine Division. For the uninitiated, it is a huge base that stretches across 17 miles of California coastline, and 125,000 acres of varied terrain. [It is one of the last remaining undeveloped parts of the California coast.]

The facility is the major West coast training base of the Marine Corps. It was established in 1942 to train troops for WWII. In 1944 it was declared a “permanent installation” and  in 1946 it became home to the 1st Marine Division. It was named after Major General Joseph Henry Pendleton (1860-1942).

The 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and several other training commands are also based at Camp Pendleton.

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