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He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics who responded at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center
A 21-year-old Marine died on Sunday, October 20, while training at the Marine Corps Warfare Center in Bridgeport, Marine Corps officials said.
PFC Christian Bautista, 21, of Cook County, Illinois, was pronounced dead at the scene by respondents, said Captain Stephen Washburn of the 1st Marine Logistics Group at Camp Pendleton. Bautista died at approximately 7:15 am, while travelling in a Humvee (M-1151 enhanced weapon carrier vehicle) that was making tactical logistical support during a training exercise.
They tried to keep him alive
Two Marines of the Baptist vehicle took steps to save his life before the paramedics arrived, Washburn said.
More details about the training exercise or the cause of the accident were not immediately available, but the war center, about an hour from Mammoth Lakes, is used to provide realistic training in more austere climates and terrain.
The elevation at the base varies from approximately 6,800 feet to almost 11,500 feet above sea level, making it an exceptionally dry climate. Winters are hard and long, usually providing six to eight feet of snow cover so students can maneuver in the snow with skis, snowshoes and build snow caves.
Bautista was a motor vehicle operator who served as a vehicle turret gunner assigned to the 1st Transportation Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group.
“Our main concern is the infant we have lost, his family, friends and other Marines,” Brig said in a statement. General Roberta L. Shea, general commander of the 1st Marine Logistics Group. “We have them in our prayers and we will use up all the resources to help them during this difficult time.”
Bautista joined the Marine Corps in September 2018. He graduated from the Motorized Transportation School in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and was assigned to the first TSB at Camp Pendleton in May 2019. His awards include the Service Medal National Defense and the Global War on Terror Service Medal.
Source: Excelsior California