CAMP PENDLETON NORTH, CA. (THECOUNT) — 1st Lt. Hugh C. McDowell, of Washington, DC, has been identified as the marine killed in a Friday morning Camp Pendleton training accident that also wounded six other Marines.
1st Lt. McDowell, a platoon commander, was assigned to the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, when his Light Armored Vehicle rolled over at around 9 a.m., according to the 1st Marine Division.
McDowell joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2017, and has received awards including the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
The six injured Marines were taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Officials said their injuries were not serious.
The 1st Marine Division said Friday that all were in stable condition, reports NBCLosAngeles.
“We recognize that military operations are inherently dangerous and we take extreme precautions to ensure the safety and welfare of our Marines. This is a tragic accident and we are heartbroken at the loss of a member of our Marine Corps family. We will do all we can to comfort the family, friends and colleagues of Lt McDowell,” a statement from 1st Marine Division said.
Camp Pendleton officials are investigating the circumstances of the accident.
Geo quick facts: Camp Pendleton North is a census-designated place in San Diego County, California, located at the southeast corner of the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. It is relatively north to the CDP Camp Pendleton South. The population was 5,200 at the 2010 census, down from 8,197 at the 2000 census – Wikipedia.