Camp Lejeune Marine Killed During Training in Eastern North Carolina, Service Says

U.S. Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit
U.S. Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to board a CH-53E Super Stallion. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Sammet)

A Camp Lejeune Marine died during a training event in North Carolina on Thursday evening, the service said in a statement posted to social media and provided to

The Marine, who was part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, was not named in the statement to adhere to the service's next-of-kin notification process. Public identification typically occurs 24 hours after a family is notified of a death.

"The incident is under investigation and additional information will be released as it becomes available" on the unit's social media account, the statement said. The 24th MEU belongs to II Marine Expeditionary Force, which is based out of Camp Lejeune.

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The statement did not list a cause of death or whether it was related to a firearm incident. The statement said the incident occurred in Carteret County, North Carolina, on the state's eastern coast. Earlier this week, the 24th MEU was conducting a composite unit training exercise, or COMPUTEX, at Onslow Beach in the state.

That training included non-combatant evacuation operations, according to online posts from the unit. The COMPUTEX was in conjunction with sailors on the USS Wasp, which is part of the amphibious ready group, or ARG, of the same name. The statement from the Marine Corps on Friday did not specify which training event the death occurred at, only that it happened "in the late evening" of April 18.

Officials said more information would be released by the II MEF account on X, formerly Twitter, when it became available.

Last year, a Marine was killed during a night training exercise at the service's School of Infantry-West at Camp Pendleton, California. The school is one of two infantry schools in the Marine Corps and is the second stop for Marines entering the infantry military occupational specialty, or MOS.

Lance Cpl. Joseph Whaley, who was attending the school's Basic Reconnaissance Course, was killed due to a negligent discharge, according to a Navy safety report. In March, reported that the commanders of SOI-W and the Reconnaissance Training Company were relieved for "lack of trust and confidence," that month; a specific reason for the firings was not provided by officials at the time, and it is unclear if they were connected to the training death.

II MEF, the parent unit to 24th MEU, recently returned from training in the Nordic countries as part of a NATO force exercising there.

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