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Marine identified who died during training at Camp Lejeune

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Marine Alexis Aaron Alcaraz
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8.14.15: The Marine Corps has released the name of the corporal who died on Thursday morning during a hike at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Field radio operator, Cpl. Alexis Aaron Alcaraz was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marines. He was 22 years old and lost consciousness shortly before 6:30 a.m. while participating in a conditioning hike at Camp Lejeune Thursday. He was transported to the Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:47 a.m.

His death remains under investigation.

8.13.15: Early Thursday Morning an Infantry Marine at Camp Lejeune died during a battalion hike according to officials on base.

The identity of the Marine is being withheld until next-of-kin can be notified. 1st Lt. John McCombs, a spokesman for II Marine Expeditionary Force, said that the Marine lost consciousness at 6:30 AM in a news release.

He was transported to the Camp Lejeune Naval hospital where he was officially pronounced dead at
6:47 a.m. The cause of death is currently under investigation by officials with the 8th Marines.

According to the Marine Corps Times, “Marine deaths during physical training are uncommon but not
unheard of.”

In November of last year, Marine supply officer, Maj, Ryan Hansen collapsed and died during training with Marine Forces Europe in Germany. Infantry units are usually prepared to deal with illness such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion, which are common during intense physical training.

USMC Life will provide the latest updates on this story as they are released.

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