Fil-Am Marine among 8 presumed dead in SoCal training accident

A Filipino Mexican American Marine was among the eight Marines presumed dead after a July 30 training accident in Southern California.

Pfc. Bryan Juan-Carlos Baltierra, was with 15 other Marines returning from a training raid at San Clemente Island when the amphibious assault vehicle they were on sank off the coast. 

Photo courtesy: Baltazar Ortega

Baltierra was among eight servicemembers who went missing and later presumed dead. 

One Marine was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident. 

Seven were rescued, including two who sustained major injuries. 

The 18-year-old from Corona, Calif. had recently celebrated the one year anniversary of his enlistment. A drive-by memorial service was held by his family this past weekend.

A gofundme memorial page has been set up to help Baltierra’s family with funeral expenses.

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  • Mario
    5 August 2020 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    That is how dangerous to be with the US Marines, they train with live ammunitions, casualty is always authorized, Casualty is always the fault of the trainee for lack of judgement. Marines were trained NOT to commit mistakes, especially during combat.