A Marine died on Friday during the conduct of the “Crucible” training event at the Marine Corps boot camp in South Carolina.
A post from the Facebook page of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island said Pfc. Dalton Beals passed away on Friday “during the conduct of The Crucible with the new Marines of Echo Company” without offering specifics. The cause of death is currently under investigation.
“Our deepest condolences go out to Dalton’s family and to the Marines and staff of Echo Company,” the post said.
Chief Warrant Officer-3 Bobby Yarbrough, a spokesman for MCRD Parris Island, said Beals was a recruit assigned to Echo Company but could not say what he was doing when he died, citing an ongoing investigation.
The culminating challenge of Marine recruit training, the Crucible is a 54-hour training exercise where recruits face physical and mental challenges. The culminating event is a 9-mile hike from the training area back to the parade field where recruits receive an eagle, globe, and anchor pin signifying their earning the title of Marine.
Yarbrough said Echo Company completed the Crucible on Saturday and graduates from recruit training on June 18.