Black Forest Native Killed in Military Training Accident

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

A Navy corpsman and Black Forest native died Monday from a training accident at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Military officials from Camp Lejeune says 29-year-old Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew J. King, was hit by a stray bullet at the Stones Bay shooting range on base.

The spokesperson says King was on duty at the range, while Marines were shooting rounds in training.

King was flown to the Naval Hospital on base where he was pronounced dead. Base officials are still investigating the circumstances of the incident.

King, part of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group,
joined the Navy in 1996.

King's has received several awards during his time in the service, include the three Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals with Combat V, the Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, three Good Conduct Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, four Sea Service Deployment Ribbons and the Navy and Marine Corps Overseas service Ribbon.

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  • by HM2 Clay Cowley Location: Ramadi, Iraq on Feb 15, 2009 at 04:51 AM
    I am very sadden to hear of HM2 King's death. I worked with him every day since he checked into the command and prior to our unit deployment from Camp lejeune. God Bless you HM2 King and your family. We are all thinking of you. Then medical department of II MEF MHG Group Aid Station (FWD). God Bless
  • by Derek Location: Camp Lejeune NC on Feb 13, 2009 at 10:47 PM
    Hm2 was aperson that gave me advice in alot of situations and got me through alot. I worked and hung out with him and when I deployed to iraq I lost one of my best friends. God Bless his family and his freinds I am praying each and every day for you all. HA Meluzio
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2009 at 08:17 PM
    Having known Drew since high school I can't believe that he is gone. He touched so many lives and will be terribly missed! My hopes are prayers are with his family and especially with his baby boy.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2009 at 01:35 PM
    Thank you. Andrew was my best friend and pretty much my only family here in NC right now. He has a wife and a baby boy. I will pass on to his family everyone's regards. Fellow HM2.
  • by Kala Location: Hampstead, NC on Feb 11, 2009 at 09:40 AM
    I want to send my thoughts and prayers out to PO2's family. This is such sad news to hear but I hope they know their son was a great person and I'm sure a terrific Corpsman. Our Love is with you all. Navy Corspman Spouse
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