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Marine killed in Camp Pendleton rollover crash identified

Posted at 3:09 PM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 18:21:47-04

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (KGTV) — Officials Friday identified the Marine killed in a rollover crash this week at Camp Pendleton.

Officials identified 1st Lt. Hugh C. McDowell, 24, of Washington D.C., as the Marine killed after a light armored vehicle rolled over Thursday at Camp Pendleton. Six others were also injured in the crash.

The crash occurred during regularly scheduled battalion training, officials said. The cause of the crash was still under investigation Friday.

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McDowell was a platoon commander assigned to the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, according to officials. He accepted his commission as a Marine Corps officer on May 5, 2017. Through his military career, he had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

"We recognize that military operations are inherently dangerous and we take extreme precautions to ensure the safety and welfare of our Marines. This is a tragic accident and we are heartbroken at the loss of a member of our Marine Corps family. We will do all we can to comfort the family, friends and colleagues of Lt McDowell," the 1st Marine Division said in a release.

The six other Marines injured in the crash were taken to a local hospital with injuries not considered serious. They were in stable condition Friday but have not been identified.