South Jersey Marine recruit, 19, dies after 54-hour final test

Dalton Beals
Photo credit U.S. Marine Corps

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Authorities are investigating the death of a 19-year-old Marine Corps recruit from South Jersey who died during a strenuous training exercise.

Pfc. Dalton Beals of Pennsville, Salem County, died Friday during the final test of a 13-week training course in Parris Island, South Carolina. The test, called the Crucible, is a grueling 54-hour training exercise.

Gov. Phil Murphy calls his death a loss for New Jersey and the nation.

“There is no question that Pfc. Beals was made of the stuff of which all great Marines are made, and I know that he would’ve served with distinction, honor and bravery,” he said.

Beals graduated last year from Pennsville Memorial High School. He was set to graduate from Marine training on June 18.

Murphy ordered state flags to be flown at half staff in his memory.

“His loss is a loss for our entire state and indeed our nation. May he rest in peace and honor,” he said.

The cause of Beals’ death is under investigation.