Apr. 17–CAMP PENDLETON — Authorities on Tuesday identified a 29-year-old Marine Raider who was fatally injured during a weekend training accident at Camp Pendleton in a vehicle rollover crash that also wounded two other Marines.
Staff Sgt. Joshua Braica, a Sacramento native and married father of one son, was injured Saturday on the North County base and died Sunday night at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, according to Maj. Nicholas Mannweiler of the Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command.
“Our thoughts are with the family and teammates of (Staff Sgt.) Braica during this difficult time,” Mannweiler said in a statement. “(Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command) is providing care and support to them.”
There were four Marines in the vehicle at the time of the evening crash, two of whom sustained minor injuries, Mannweiler said.
Officials did not say exactly when or where on the base the crash happened, but said an investigation was underway.
According to Mannweiler, the vehicle involved was an MRZR, a dune buggy of sorts. The Military Times described it as an ultra lightweight, all-terrain utility task vehicle.
Braica, a critical skills operator with 1st Marine Raider Battalion, enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 2010 and served as an intelligence specialist with 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, and with Marine Aircraft Group 36, according to Mannweiler.
He deployed to the Pacific Command area of operations with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit in 2011, and to the Indo-Pacific Command region with 1st Marine Raider Battalion in 2017.
His military decorations include a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award; two Good Conduct Medals; a National Defense Service Medal; a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and three Sea Service Deployment Ribbons. ___
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