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UPDATE: Camp Lejeune Marine Identified

The Marine Corps says a Marine who died after collapsing at a California training base was from West Virginia.

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms said Monday that 22-year-old Lance Cpl. Jonathan S. Long of Barboursville collapsed Saturday night and was pronounced dead after being flown to a Palm Springs hospital.

Long was a bulk fuel specialist with the 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group. His job was to keep tactical vehicles fueled.

The unit is at the Combat Center for a 35-day exercise to certify readiness for deployment.

Long collapsed during personal time after a day of training. A Marine statement says his death remains under investigation but does not appear to have been training-related.

Long previously served a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan.

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Officials say a Camp Lejeune Marine has collapsed and died after a day of training in the California desert in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan.

The Marine Corps announced Sunday that the Marine, part of the 2nd Marine Logistics Group based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., collapsed during personal time Saturday night at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twenty-nine Palms.

He was flown to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, where he was pronounced dead.

The death is under investigation, and the Marine's name is being withheld while relatives are notified.

The unit was undergoing the Enhanced Mojave Viper pre-deployment training program in preparation for going to Afghanistan.

The death comes three days after seven Marines were killed about 200 miles away when two helicopters collided during training.


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