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An 18-year-old Marine recruit died in September after collapsing throughout coaching at Camp Pendleton, the Marines mentioned in a press release late Saturday.

Pfc. Javier Pong “turned unconscious and unresponsive” whereas “conducting scheduled coaching” on Sept. 27, the Marines mentioned. He was pronounced useless at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.

Brig. Gen. Jason Morris, the commanding normal of Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, mentioned the Marines are investigating Pong’s dying.

“We’re vastly saddened by the premature passing of Pfc. Javier Pong as he pursued his journey to turn out to be a United States Marine,” Morris mentioned in a press release. “We’re dedicated to honoring his reminiscence, supporting these with whom he served, and investigating the reason for his dying to make sure we are able to safely remodel civilians into Marines and retain the belief of the American individuals.”

Pong was from Las Cruses, New Mexico, and just lately graduated highschool in Could, in response to his obituary.

Pong’s dying was introduced by the Marines in an emailed assertion Saturday night — 11 days after the recruit died. The Marines didn’t reply to the Union-Tribune’s questions on what kind of coaching recruits had been engaged in when Pong collapsed.

Capt. Joshua Collins, a Marine spokesperson at MCRD San Diego, mentioned Pong’s unit was in its eighth week of coaching. Pong was connected to Echo Firm, 2nd Recruit Coaching Battalion.

Recruits who prepare at MCRD San Diego spend about 5 weeks on the depot earlier than transferring to Camp Pendleton for an additional 5 weeks of subject coaching, in response to the Marines’ recruit coaching matrix. Week 8 is “Primary Warrior Coaching,” in response to the matrix, and contains survival fight abilities similar to marksmanship, land navigation and maneuvering beneath enemy fireplace.

In-service navy coaching deaths are routinely introduced inside about 24 hours and the title or names of service members killed are then usually launched after one other 24 hours — pending next-of-kin notification.

When Seaman Kyle Mullen, 24, died Feb. 4 throughout SEAL coaching in Coronado, the Navy introduced the dying in a information launch the subsequent day. They named Mullen in a separate launch the next day, Feb. 6.

Collins mentioned the Marines delayed releasing details about the dying “out of a need to offer the household with time to grieve.”

The Marine Corps didn’t launch Pong’s service info or dwelling of document. The Corps additionally didn’t launch his service picture.

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