“Marine Lance Corporals Found Dead at NC Gas Station Identified”

By | July 25, 2023

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Three Marine lance corporals stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were found dead at a gas station in Hampstead. The men were identified as Tanner J. Kaltenberg, Merax C. Dockery, and Ivan R. Garcia. The cause of death has not been released, and the Pender County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. The U.S. Marine Corps is providing support to the families and colleagues of the deceased. AP reported

Three U.S. Marines were found dead at a gas station in Hampstead, North Carolina over the weekend. The men have been identified as Marine lance corporals stationed at nearby Camp Lejeune. The Pender County Sheriff’s Office discovered the three men unresponsive in a privately owned car while responding to a missing-person call. Medical authorities pronounced them dead on the same day.

The cause of death has not been released, and the Pender County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the incident. The three men have been identified as Tanner J. Kaltenberg, 19, from Madison, Wisconsin; Merax C. Dockery, 23, from Pottawatomie, Oklahoma; and Ivan R. Garcia, 23, from Naples, Florida. All three were motor vehicle operators with the Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, and 2nd Marine Logistics Group at Camp Lejeune.

Brig. Gen. Michael McWilliams, commanding general of the 2nd Marine Logistics Group, expressed his condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of the deceased Marines. He emphasized the Marine Corps’ focus on providing necessary resources and support to those affected by this tragic loss.

The news of the Marines’ deaths has shocked the community and brought attention to the dangers faced by military personnel, even when they are not engaged in combat. As the investigation continues, the Marine Corps and local authorities will work together to determine the cause of death and provide answers to the families of the fallen Marines.

This incident serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by service members and the risks they face both at home and abroad. It is a somber moment for the Marine Corps and the entire military community, as they mourn the loss of three young men who dedicated their lives to serving their country..

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