Three Marines have died at Parris Island since July, including two instructors at the South Carolina base, according to the Marine Corps. Two of the deaths occurred within days of each other last week.
The service said the causes of death are still under investigation — including Staff Sgt. Courtland Bateswind, 27, who was found in his residence on July 5 — and none of them occurred during combat or training. Sgt. Yliana Hernandez, 25, was found Friday and Cpl. Angel Acosta III, 25, was found Sept. 20, both in their residences.
Bateswind was a drill instructor at the base's recruit training regiment. Hernandez was a Marine instructor of water survival assigned to Support Battalion, and Acosta was a training clerk assigned to Headquarters and Service Battalion.
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“The loss of any Marine is tragic and felt deeply within our ranks,” Maj. Philip Kulczewski, a spokesperson for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, told Military.com on Tuesday.
“The causes of death are currently under investigation,” he added. “To protect the integrity of the investigative process, no other information is available at this time.”
The Island Packet was first to report the string of deaths Monday.
Military.com reached out to Acosta's family and friends through a GoFundMe set up in his name, but did not hear back by publication. The…