What You Should Know Authorities are investigating the death of a 19-year-old Marine Corps recruit who died during a grueling exercise culminating a 13-week training course on Parris Island, S.C. Installation officials say Pfc. Dalton Beals died Friday during an exercise known as The Crucible, the final test of recruit training. Beals graduated in 2020 from Pennsville Memorial High School in Pennsville, New Jersey.
NEW JERSEY – Authorities are investigating the death of a 19-year-old Marine Corps recruit who died during a grueling exercise culminating a 13-week training course on Parris Island, South Carolina.
According to a Facebook post from officials with the facility, one of the two Navy training depots in the country, PFC. Dalton Beals, died Friday during an exercise known as “The Crucible,” the final test of recruit training.
No further details have been released about Beals’ death, which remains under investigation.
Beals is a 2020 graduate of Pennsville Memorial High School in Pennsville, New Jersey, the school noted in a Facebook post.
Several days before Beals began The Crucible, his mother posted details of the grueling exercise on Facebook, calling it “the final leg of my baby’s journey to become a Marine!” The 54-hour effort, during which limited recruits, food and sleep are allowed, includes 48 miles of walking, loaded with heavy equipment.
A GoFundMe created to help Beals’ family with funeral expenses noted that he was scheduled to graduate from the training on June 18.
Flags in New Jersey were lowered to half-staff at all state buildings and facilities Wednesday in Beals’s memory.
“His recent passing is a tragic loss for New Jersey and for our country,” said Governor Phil Murphy.
There have been a number of recruit deaths over the years on Parris Island, which has been training Marines since 1915 on the island off the coast of South Carolina.
In 2018, a judge dismissed a lawsuit from the family of Raheel Siddiqui, a 20-year-old recruit from Michigan who committed suicide in 2016 after a confrontation with an exercise instructor from Parris Island.
Siddiqui’s family disputed his suicide, saying he was targeted for his Islamic faith. Several Marines were eventually convicted of abuse, following evidence that the instructors beat and kicked the recruits.