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Marine drowns in river in training

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      A Marine Corps recruiter drowned and died late last month while taking part in what the Military Times called “an official physical fitness function.”

      Sgt. Andre Armstrong, 26, from Jackson, Mississippi, drowned July 31 in the Ocmulgee River near Macon, Georgia, the Marine Corps confirmed this year.

      Armstrong was accompanied by four others during a swim in the river. The Marine Corps reported that Armstrong started “having trouble” but remained in the water.

      The Macon-Bibb Fire Department was called to the scene and a dive team with the department eventually was able to recover his body. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the statement.

      “The Marines of Recruiting Station Columbia and Recruiting Substation Macon are deeply saddened by the loss of Sergeant Andre Armstrong,” Capt. Bryan McDonnell, a Marine Corps spokesman, told Marine Corps Times in an email. “We would like to thank the local authorities who responded to the call and aided in recovery efforts.”

      Armstrong joined the Corps in September 2013 and his original job was a finance technician.

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