An investigation is underway to determine how a young Marine died, just one day after taking part in command-sponsored martial arts training in Mississippi.
A spokesman for Marine Corps Training Command said Lance Cpl. Patrick Woehle was attending weather school at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, as part of his entry-level military training last month.
He died at a Gulfport, Miss. hospital on Nov. 14, a day after he became unresponsive during Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) Training.
Military command officials and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service are looking into what caused the young man’s death.
According to military officials, Woehle enlisted in the Marine Corps on Oct. 20, 2014. The 19-year-old Washington native was a track and cross-country star in high school, according to military.com.
Woehle is the second Marine to die this year after physical training. In the other case, back in August at Camp Lejeune, a 22-year-old corporal succumbed to heat stroke during a conditioning hike, officials say.
The commanding officer of Keesler’s Marine Detachment said, “The loss of Lance Cpl. Woehle is tragic…we remain committed to Patrick, his family, and those in uniform who served with him. We will do all we can to keep faith with them during this difficult and trying time.”
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