“Three Marines Found Dead at North Carolina 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, identified as Tanner J. Kaltenberg, Merax C. Dockery, and Ivan R. Garcia, were motor vehicle operators with the Combat Logistics Battalion 2. The cause of death has not been released, and authorities are waiting for autopsy results. The Pender County Sheriff’s Office does not suspect foul play at this time. The Marine Corps is providing support to the families and colleagues of the deceased marines. The cause of death could be determined by Wednesday. The Detroit News reported

Three Marine lance corporals stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were found dead over the weekend at a gas station in Hampstead, located 29 miles southwest of the base. The three men were identified as Tanner J. Kaltenberg, 19, of Madison, Wisconsin; Merax C. Dockery, 23, of Pottawatomie, Oklahoma; and Ivan R. Garcia, 23, of Naples, Florida. They were motor vehicle operators with the Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, and 2nd Marine Logistics Group.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office received a missing person report for one of the Marines, but no details were shared. Sergeant Chester Ward stated that no drugs were found in the vehicle, and foul play is not suspected. However, the cause of death has not been released, and the sheriff’s office is awaiting autopsy results.

Brigadier General Michael McWilliams, commanding general of the 2nd Marine Logistics Group, expressed his condolences to the families and colleagues of the deceased Marines. He emphasized the Marine Corps’ commitment to providing necessary resources and support to those affected by the tragic loss.

The cause of death is expected to be determined by Wednesday. As the investigation continues, the Marine Corps community mourns the loss of these three young servicemen. The circumstances surrounding their deaths remain unclear, and it is a somber reminder of the risks that members of the military face in their line of duty.

As the families and loved ones of the fallen Marines cope with their grief, the Marine Corps and local authorities are working diligently to provide answers. The loss of these young men is a reminder of the sacrifices made by those who serve in the armed forces and the impact it has on their families and communities..

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