Army officials have released the name of a soldier found who died yesterday at basic training in South Carolina.
Pvt. Conner J. McGurran was found unresponsive by fellow soldiers Wednesday. Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle Jr. posted his condolences on Twitter.
“We mourn the loss of a 19-year old Minnesota National Guard Soldier in training. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Family members and teammates of the deceased Soldier. We are providing every comfort and assistance that we can to all involved,” Beagle posted.
“Fort Jackson medical responders immediately transported the soldier to Providence Hospital, but life saving measures performed by cadre, EMS personnel and hospital staff were unsuccessful,” Fort Jackson spokeswoman Leslie Ann Sully wrote in a statement.
The Army has launched an investigation into McGurran’s death.
McGurran was training with the 3rd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, which was participating in the final basic training event known as “The Forge,” at the time, according to unit postings on Facebook.
In September a soldier from North Carolina, who was not identified at the time, experienced health problems during physical training and was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Beagle said at the time that separate investigations would be launched to determine what happened.
That soldier was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, according to social media posts by Fort Jackson staff.
Fort Jackson is the largest Army basic training center site.
Todd South has written about crime, courts, government and the military for multiple publications since 2004 and was named a 2014 Pulitzer finalist for a co-written project on witness intimidation. Todd is a Marine veteran of the Iraq War.