Officials Investigating Death of Marine at Reconnaissance CourseMilitary.com
by Hope Hodge Seck
9 Sep 2017
Marine Corps officials have yet to determine the cause of death for a private first class who was found unresponsive during a training event last month at Camp Pendleton, California.
Michael P. Giannattasio (Photo courtesy Modetz Funeral Homes)
Pfc. Michael P. Giannattasio had been attending the Basic Reconnaissance Course at School of Infantry West, a physically demanding training course required for those who want to join the elite ranks of reconnaissance Marines.
He was discovered unconscious during a land navigation training event Aug. 30, according to a spokesman from Marine Corps Training and Education Command, Capt. Joshua Pena.
The San Diego Union-Tribune first reported Giannatasio's death.
Giannatasio, 22, was from Armada, Mich. According to a published obituary, he was the fourth of eight children.
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