By Gina Yarbrough
Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, CA–A recruit involved in a scheduled training aboard Camp Pendleton on September 27 fell unconscious and later died at the Naval Hospital on base, officials said.
Private First Class Javier Pong, 18, was pronounced dead at 9:20 p.m. following a medical emergency earlier that evening.
“We are greatly saddened by the untimely passing of Pfc. Javier Pong as he pursued his journey to become a United States Marine. All of us here at MCRD San Diego mourn his loss, and extend our prayers and heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time,” said Brig. Gen. Jason Morris, commanding general, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. “We are committed to honoring his memory, supporting those with whom he served, and investigating the cause of his death to ensure we can safely transform civilians into Marines and retain the trust of the American people.”
Base officials have launched an investigation into the incident.