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Marine dies after training accident at Camp Pendleton

Marine dies after training accident at Camp Pendleton
A special operations Marine has died following a training accident at Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps officials said Monday. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

A special operations Marine was killed during training at Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps said Monday.

The member of the Marine Raider unit of the Special Operations Command, identified Tuesday as Staff Sgt. Joshua Braica, was injured during a tactical vehicle training exercise Saturday. He was evacuated by a military aircraft, but died Sunday, a Marine spokesman said. Two others were also injured during the training.

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Maj. Nick Mannweiler, the spokesman, said the vehicle rolled over during the exercise. Mannweiler said the MRZR, an off-road, four-person vehicle, can hold “a decent amount of ammunition and weapons” and that rollovers are not common. Headquartered at Camp Pendleton, the 1st Marine Raider Battalion is organized, trained and equipped to deploy for worldwide missions as directed by the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.

Braica served in the Marines for more than eight years. He is survived by a wife and son.

The Marine Corps is investigating the incident.

“Our thoughts are with his family and teammates during this difficult time,” the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command posted on Facebook.

Last week, three Marines were killed in a car bombing at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

Times staff writer Jaclyn Cosgrove contributed to this report.

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