Sad, 1 U.S. Marine Dead, 8 Missing After Training Incident

As a proud USMC veteran, any story involving the death of another Marine is disturbing.

One Marine has been pronounced dead, and eight other service members are still missing after a training incident near San Clemente, California.

The early evening July 30th incident involved an AAV (Amphibious Assault Vehicle) about 78 miles from San Diego.

A tweet from the First Marine Expeditionary Force said:

“1 Marine had died, 8 service members remain missing and 2 were injured after ean AAV mishap July 30 off the coast of Southern California. All are assigned to the 15th MEU. Search and rescue efforts are still underway with support from the Navy and Coast Guard.”

Two of the service members have been taken to local hospitals and are listed in critical condition.

Colonel Christopher Bronzi, 15th MEU Commanding Officer, tweeted early Friday:
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident. I ask that you keep our Marines, Sailors, and their families in your prayers as we continue our search.”

This story is still developing.

We will update our stories as more information is released.


John Wesley Reid

John Wesley Reid is a Washington D.C. – based journalist and political commentator. A native of southern California, John studied political science at Biola University after serving in the Marine Corps. His favorite past times are studying theology, running, playing Skipbo, traveling, and dropping the classiest of puns.

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