Marines recruit, 19, dies during grueling 54-hour training exercise called ‘The Crucible’, where trainees are pushed to their limits without food or sleep
- pfc. Dalton Beals, 19, died Friday while training at a naval base on Parris Island
- He is the seventh conscript to die there since the year 2000; in 2016, a female recruit collapsed to her death after being subjected to verbal abuse
- The Marines have opened an investigation into Beals’ death
- The teen’s mother described him as “the most sincere, kind-hearted, sweet and wonderful young man”
pfc. Dalton Beals, 19, died midway through a training exercise that took place on South Carolina’s Parris Island on Friday
The Marine Corps has launched an investigation after a young recruit died during a grueling 54-hour training session known as the “Crucible.”
pfc. Dalton Beals, 19, died midway through the exercise, which took place on Parris Island in South Carolina on Friday.
Beals was assigned to Echo Company in the 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, with the Crucible culminating in an intense 13-week training camp.
“Our deepest condolences go out to Dalton’s family and to the Marines and Echo Company personnel,” the Marines wrote in a Facebook post.
The Marines website states that the Crucible is a series of challenges that tests recruits on “physical strength, skills and the Marine Corps values they learned during training.”
It adds that recruits “are only allowed a limited amount of food and sleep.”
The Marines would not reveal at what stage died during the Crucible Beals.
Beals (center) is pictured with his family in a recent social media snap. The apparently healthy teen died suddenly during the Crucible
The Crucible includes an intense 9-mile walk, which concludes with the recruits receiving a pin, signifying they have earned the title of Marine.
Marines spokesman Bobby Yarbrough said: Task & Purpose that Beals would receive the title posthumously.
“The company’s Drill instructors and staff have decided that based on his determination and dedication during recruiting training and the Crucible, Pfc. Beals deserved the Marine title,” he told the publication.
Beals is the seventh intern to die on Parris Island since the year 2000.
In 2016, a female recruit killed herself after being verbally abused by one of her commanders.
Beals is featured in a social media snap. Beals Posthumously Receives His Marines Title
Beals’ mother, Stacie, has paid tribute to her son, describing him as ‘the most sincere, kindhearted, sweet and wonderful young man’
Beals was born in Pennsville, New Jersey, and only graduated from Pennsville Memorial High School last year.
His mother, Stacie, has paid tribute to her son, describing him as “the most sincere, kind-hearted, sweet and wonderful young man.”
A GoFundMe page has raised more than $26,000 for the family to cover funeral expenses.
The Marines have not specified when they expect their investigation to be completed.
Beals was born in Pennsville, New Jersey, and only graduated from Pennsville Memorial High School last year