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Marine recruit dies during Parris Island, S.C., boot camp exercise

U.S. Marine Corps recruits are pictured in 2013 racing through an obstacle course as part of a field meet on Parris Island, S.C. File Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink/U.S. Marines
U.S. Marine Corps recruits are pictured in 2013 racing through an obstacle course as part of a field meet on Parris Island, S.C. File Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink/U.S. Marines

June 9 (UPI) -- A recruit died during the grueling "Crucible" event concluding boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., a Marine Corps statement said.

"On Friday, June 4th, Private First Class Dalton Beals passed away during the conduct of The Crucible with the new Marines of Echo Company," a Facebook statement on Monday read.

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"Our deepest condolences go out to Dalton's family and to the Marines and staff of Echo Company. The cause of death is currently under investigation," Parris Island officials said in the statement.

Beals, 19, was from Pennsville Township, N.J., and a 2020 high school graduate.

The Crucible is the last challenge in the 13-week Marine Corps' recruit training, involving a 54-hour endurance test with limited sleep and food.

It concludes with a nine-mile march to a ceremonial area where pins, indicating that the recruits are now Marines, are awarded.

The Marines' statement did not indicate at what stage of the event Beals died, but "based on his resolve and dedication throughout recruit training and the Crucible, Pfc. Beals earned the title Marine," Marine spokesman CWO Bobby Yarbrough told Task & Purpose, in noting Beals' posthumous promotion from Private to Private First Class.

An online donation account was established for Beals' family, calling him "a wonderful Marine that has left us far too soon."

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