San Diego-Based Marine Drill Instructor Dies In Motorcycle Crash

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A drill instructor from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego died Friday night in a freeway motorcycle crash, military officials said Saturday.


Officials identified him as Sgt. Gary G. Wilson, 33, of Fairfield, Conn.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2010 and in 2016 was assigned to the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment at the depot.

Prior to being assigned to the recruit depot, Wilson served in the 1st Maintenance Battalion at Camp Pendleton and in the Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 and Group 17 in Okinawa, Japan.

The announcement of his death said he died in a motorcycle crash on northbound Interstate 15, but the exact location was not given.

The California Highway Patrol was investigating the crash. No details were available from the CHP on Saturday.

"We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sgt. Wilson," said Brig. Gen. Ryan Heritage, commanding general of MCRD San Diego. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult period. This is truly the loss of a fine Marine, and he will be missed greatly."

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