Marine Dies During Desert Training
080306-M-8774P-051 U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Mendoza, of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, leads fellow Marines during a live-fire village raid exercise on Range 210 at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twenty-nine Palms, Calif., on March 6, 2008. Marines with the unit are participating in Mojave Viper, the Marine Corps� premiere pre-deployment desert training. DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Chad J. Pulliam, U.S. Marine Corps. (Released)Photo: Image by H&S CO, 2ND BN, 7TH MAR REG.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) -- The Marine Corps says a Marine who died after collapsing at a California training base was from West Virginia.
The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms said Monday that 22-year-old Lance Cpl. Jonathan S. Long of Barboursville collapsed Saturday night and was pronounced dead after being flown to a Palm Springs hospital.
Long was a bulk fuel specialist with the 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group. His job was to keep tactical vehicles fueled.
The unit is at the Combat Center for a 35-day exercise to certify readiness for deployment.
Long collapsed during personal time after a day of training. A Marine statement says his death remains under investigation but does not appear to have been training-related.
Long previously served a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan.