Decorated Navy Corpsman Hit By Bullet, Dies At Camp Lejeune

Jacksonville, NC -- A Navy corpsman from Camp Lejeune died Monday after being hit by a bullet, according to base officials.

Camp Lejeune officials tell WITN 29-year-old Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew J. King, originally from Black Forest, Colorado, was hit by a stray bullet or ricochet at the Stones Bay shooting range aboard the Jacksonville Base Monday.

Officials say King was on duty at the range, while Marines were shooting rounds in training.

King was flown to the Naval Hospital on base where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death has not been determined. Base officials are investigating how King was fatally injured. As of Thursday morning, there is no update on that investigation according to base officials.

King, part of the 2nd Marine Expeditiionary Force Headquarters Group,
joined the Navy in 1996.

King's awards include the three Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals with Combat V, the Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, three Good Conduct Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, four Sea Service Deployment Ribbons and the Navy and Marine Corps Overseas service Ribbon.

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  • by Cassy Location: Midland, TX on Feb 21, 2009 at 10:33 AM
    You will always be in my heart and in my thoughts... we shared alot of good memories and I will forever be thankful you were a part of my life. Miss you...
  • by Ben Location: Oceanside on Feb 20, 2009 at 03:21 PM
    We'll miss you over here on the west coast. I'll never forget the great times. We see each other again.
  • by Jenn Location: Seattle, Wa on Feb 15, 2009 at 11:58 AM
    I can't believe you are gone cuz, you were an amazing man, father and hero.I loved you dearly. I can still remembering all the times you made me laugh when we were growing up. I love you and miss you terribly. God bless you and I will see you again- Jenn
  • by Kendall King Location: Asheville, NC on Feb 14, 2009 at 06:13 PM
    Andrew, you were an amazing cousin. I love you and miss you. You are a hero to me and the rest of the family. Rest in peace, cuz.
  • by kaeli Location: north carolina on Feb 14, 2009 at 05:51 PM
    my cousin will always be remembered as a prankster. he was always smiling, always laughing, always loving. carrie and the whole family appreciates your prayers. ...we'll miss him horribly... god bless. kaeli king
  • by Jessica Wade Location: Jacksonville, FL on Feb 13, 2009 at 08:59 PM
    Fair Winds old friend. I will always remember our time on the JFK.
  • by Crista Location: Colorado on Feb 13, 2009 at 08:55 AM
    Drew, God Bless you and your service to our Nation. You will always be fondly remembered as my friend, and honored as a Hero.
  • by Jennifer Schreiber Location: Texas on Feb 12, 2009 at 02:56 PM
    Andrew, it was a pleasure having you in our lives at the USS John F. Kennedy. You were an awesome shipmate. My prayers go to your wife and son. Love ya buddy!
  • by Suzanne Location: NMCP on Feb 12, 2009 at 05:50 AM
    Poor Corpsman and Poor family. The NAVY and CORPS have lost a good person. Best wishes.
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Feb 12, 2009 at 03:42 AM
    It was just his time. God knows the ending and the beginning of all things. RIP, Mr. King. My heart and prayers are with his family.
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