W. Va. Marine dies during Calif. desert training

Feb 27, 2012, 11:09 PM

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) – The Marine Corps says a Marine who died after collapsing at a California training base was from West Virginia.

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms said Monday that 22-year-old Lance Cpl. Jonathan S. Long of Barboursville collapsed Saturday night and was pronounced dead after being flown to a Palm Springs hospital.

Long was a bulk fuel specialist with the 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group. His job was to keep tactical vehicles fueled.

The unit is at the Combat Center for a 35-day exercise to certify readiness for deployment.

Long collapsed during personal time after a day of training. A Marine statement says his death remains under investigation but does not appear to have been training-related.

Long previously served a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan.

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