Marine Recruit, 18, Collapses and Dies During Training Exercise

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Marine Recruit, 18, Collapses and Dies During Training Exercise

A Marine recruit collapsed during a training exercise at Camp Pendleton in Southern California, military officials confirmed.

Private First Class Javier Pong, 18, “became unconscious and unresponsive while conducting scheduled training” at the installation outside San Diego, AP reported.

Pong was rushed to Camp Pendleton’s Naval Hospital, where he later died.

A cause of death has not been disclosed.

The commanding general of Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego is pledging an investigation into the recruit’s death.

“We are greatly saddened by the untimely passing of Pfc. Javier Pong as he pursued his journey to become a United States Marine,” Brig. Gen. Jason Morris said of the training casualty, according to AP.

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“We are committed to honoring his memory, supporting those with whom he served, and investigating the cause of his death to ensure we can safely transform civilians into Marines and retain the trust of the American people.”

Capt. Joshua Collins indicated that Pong’s basic training company was in the eighth week of the training program – as per The LA Times.

“Javier was a faithful Christian who attended church every Sunday and Wednesday and was involved in church activities,” the 18-year-old’s obituary read.

Deaths in Marine Corps recruit training are not uncommon.

According to Military.com, a recruit died during the culminating “Crucible” training exercise last year at MCRD Parris Island.

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Wayne
Wayne
1 year ago

Brig. Gen. Jason Morris, if only we could believe you.

emmGoldstein
1 year ago

Does anyone believe they will tell us if it was myocarditis?

David T Petrie
David T Petrie
1 year ago

Some people have congenital defects that, unfortunately, are not discovered until an autopsy. I call attention to Jim Fixx, an icon in the running world. He had a massive heart deformation. His conditioning had covered it up, but, finally one half of his heart could not longer compensate for the weak half.
Semper fi, Private Pong.
You can now guard the streets of Heaven.

uneedtohang
uneedtohang
Reply to  David T Petrie
1 year ago

why would heaven need guarding?
do you think having to guard something is fun or a reward?

Theodoupolis
Theodoupolis
1 year ago

They were supposed to protect this fine young warrior

D. Easley
D. Easley
1 year ago

There are no Pfc’s in boot camp!!

Katherine V Urquidi
Katherine V Urquidi
1 year ago

Was he

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