DoD investigating death of deployed Miramar Marine

July 17th, 2013 | by Crystal Chatham | Comments

A U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet aircraft, top, assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) July 12, 2013, in the Gulf of Oman. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group was deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee/Released)

An Arkansas Marine stationed near San Diego died Sunday at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, the Department of Defense announced yesterday.

Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Tuttle, 19, of Gentry, Ark., was medically evacuated from the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during a port visit by the deployed aircraft carrier. It is currently operating in the 5th fleet’s area of responsibility. Photos from the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution Service show the Nimitz in the Gulf of Oman on July 12. There is no indication what city the aircraft carrier was visiting or what day Tuttle was evacuated off the ship.

Tuttle was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323, known as VMFA 323, which flies the F/A-18 Hornet. The unit is part of Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force.

He was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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