Camp Lejeune Marine's Death Under Investigation

The death of a decorated Camp Lejeune Marine is under investigation.

Marines say Gunnery Sgt. George Figone, Jr. died Monday at a Wilmington hospital. A friend found the 32-year-old Marine unresponsive the day before and he was sent to Cape Fear Hospital. The Marines say Figone was then transferred to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he died of complications.

Figone is a native of Stockton, California. The Purple Heart recipient was assigned to the 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion at Camp Lejeune. Figone had been deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan.

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  • by Lisa Location: Missouri on Mar 10, 2012 at 09:23 AM
    I just found out about his death. We were on the USS Peleliue together. Thats where I first meet him. George was there for me at a very important day in my life. He picked me up from the airport after my 11 month tour in Iraq when I didn't have
    anyone else. His warm smile was so great to see. He made me diner the next night. We spoke briefly over the years. It pains me to know he's gone.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2012 at 08:43 PM in reply to Lisa
      Me too Lisa!!! He did love to cook! :(
  • by Tracie Location: Panama City Beach Fl. on Feb 9, 2012 at 06:16 PM
    I wish I knew someone who knew you! It's really hard this way! I Miss you so much!!!
  • by Shane Location: Virgina on Jan 5, 2012 at 12:07 PM
    What happened? This sounds very suspicious. We deserve a full answer from the United States Marine Corps what went down here that caused this brave and good soldier to lose his life.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2012 at 08:03 PM in reply to Shane
      I agree!!
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      by Tracie on Jan 22, 2012 at 08:04 PM in reply to Shane
      I agree!!
  • by jefferson Location: jackson ms on Dec 31, 2011 at 11:46 PM
    We graduated boot camp together.we were known as nasty 19.I was bored and googled guys I remembered and thought of u.I still remember u smiling when I would share my snacks my dad sent. I have good memories of u. To the fam I'm very sorry for ur lost.
  • by Mona Location: Afghanistan on Dec 21, 2011 at 11:49 AM
    RIP my fellow Marine brother and fellow Stocktonian. Heard about your death through my husband. He will be attending your ceremony in Arlington. May you RIP. My pray for strength for your loved one.
  • by Tracie Location: Panama City Beach Fl. on Dec 18, 2011 at 08:46 AM
    George is one of my best friends in the world. I miss him so bad it hurts! We called each other "the love of my life!"for many years! We called the other for most everything and would go on Holiday together. He was a protective man, loved his family and kids thought he was the best! He defended the USMC and our country to the end! I love him dearly and my life will never be the same. :( 2001-2011
  • by Seth on Dec 16, 2011 at 07:48 PM
    George was a good friend of mine in Highschool. We were on the wrestling team together. I was a couple grades above him so I would give him rides home after practice. If I had to guess he passed away a warrior and fighter. The guy had amazing will and strong determination. He was as strong as an ox and never quit. It's kind of crazy when you think back and knew but didn't know at the time how special that person was going to be. I saw that in George. I knew he would be a hero. I wished I could have talked to him once more before he passed. We were good friends back then and lost contact over the years but I know for sure if we would have spoke it would have been as though we never lost contact. He had an infectious smile and had your back no matter what. Oorah Figone! I'll miss you buddy. Rest In Peace. Seth
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      by Tracie on Feb 9, 2012 at 06:32 PM in reply to Seth
      I love what you wrote and so would George! All so true! I knew him well for over 10 years and I miss him everyday! He was funny as s#^@ and would always protect me! I have some awesome and some crappy memories with him but wouldn't trade them for the world... If anyone really knew him then they probably miss him:( Hope all is well Seth.
  • by Phil Location: Alabama on Dec 14, 2011 at 07:11 PM
    Our prayer go out to all the Family and All our Service men and women.
  • by Jeff on Dec 14, 2011 at 06:35 PM
    You will not be forgotten.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 at 03:56 PM
    RIP Thank you for being our Hero
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