A Marine who died during a live-fire training event on Aug. 17 at Camp Pendleton, California, was killed due to a negligent discharge, a Navy safety report indicates.
The cause was published last month by the Naval Safety Command in a report outlining deadly incidents in the Marine Corps and Navy over the last 10 years. The report says a service member at Camp Pendleton was “fatally injured due to negligent discharge during [a] live-fire small-arms training exercise” on that date.
The Navy command confirmed to Military.com that despite an initial discrepancy in the report's timeline, the Pendleton death occurred the same day that Lance Cpl. Joseph Whaley was killed at the base's School of Infantry-West.
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Originally, the Naval Safety Command listed the “Ground Class-A Mishap” death as occurring on Aug. 21, four days after Whaley's death. In a statement to Military.com on Tuesday, the organization said that date was incorrect, and the negligent discharge death occurred on Aug. 17.
“There is only one event, not two,” said Jeffrey Jones, a spokesperson for the safety command. “We have updated the mishap summary to reflect the correct date.”
The date of Whaley's death during the training event was first made public in a Marine Corps Training and Education Command statement last month. The Marine Corps did not…