Marine recruit dies during grueling boot camp phase dubbed ‘The Crucible’

Marine recruit dies during grueling boot camp phase dubbed ‘The Crucible’


A US Marines recruit from South Jersey who was set to graduate from boot camp in a few days died during a grueling 54-hour rite of passage known at “The Crucible.”

Pfc. Dalton Beals, of Pennsville in Salem County, died Friday during the culminating event at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, the Daily Voice reported.

He “passed away during the conduct of The Crucible with the new Marines of Echo Company,” a Marines statement said, according to Military.com.

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“Our deepest condolences go out to Dalton’s family and to the Marines and staff of Echo Company. The cause of death is currently under investigation,” it added.

A GoFundMe account set up on behalf of the family describes Beals as “a wonderful marine that has left us far too soon.”

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The budding warrior was set to graduate on June 18.

“His amazing mother described him as ‘the most sincere, kindhearted, sweet and amazing young man,’”

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