Remains of Sailor and 7 Marines Killed in Training Accident Are Recovered

The sailor whose remains were recovered was identified as Hospitalman Christopher Gnem, 22.

One Marine, Lance Cpl. Guillermo S. Perez, 19, also a rifleman, was pronounced dead shortly after the accident, which left two other Marines injured.

All 16 service members aboard the amphibious assault vehicle were assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit at Camp Pendleton, in the San Diego area.

“Our hearts and thoughts of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit are with the families of our recovered Marines and sailor,” Col. Christopher Bronzi, the unit’s commanding officer, said in the statement. “We hope the successful recovery of our fallen warriors brings some measure of comfort.”

At the time of the accident, the vehicle was traveling from San Clemente Island back to a ship that was more than 1,000 meters off shore, Gen. David H. Berger, commandant of the Marine Corps, said last week.

Around 5:45 p.m., the personnel onboard reported that the vehicle was taking on water. Two nearby amphibious assault vehicles witnessed it sink and were able to pinpoint its exact location, General Berger said.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/08/us/marines-training-accident-recovered.html

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