Marine Sgt. Maj. dies in ‘non-combat related incident’ in South Korea

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    Sgt. Maj. Timothy Rudd
    Sgt. Maj. Timothy Rudd

    The senior enlisted man of the 3rd Marine Logistics Group’s Headquarters Regiment died over the weekend while taking part in a military exercise held in South Korea.

    Sergeant Major Timothy J. Rudd died in what is only being described as a “non-combat related incident,” with no further information available in regard to his death.

    The 44-year-old Marine was a combat veteran whose deployments and experience date back to the 1990s, with combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    “Sgt. Maj. Rudd gave 27 years of dedicated service to the Marine Corps, and it was an honor to work with him,” said Col. Christopher A. Feyedelem, commander of the headquarters regiment. “His death is a great loss to Headquarters Regiment and the Corps. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and co-workers.”

    Rudd’s career has included positions such as senior drill instructor, rappel master, Mobile Training Team member and held awards such as the Combat Action Ribbon, the Meritorious Service Medal (with one gold star), the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with two gold stars), an Army Commendation Medal and a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

    According to the Marine Corps Times, Rudd died during the annual Key Resolve exercise in South Korea, which is timed to run parallel to the North Korean winter training cycle, when NPRK troops are at their highest state of readiness.

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