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Funeral set for Marine from N.C. killed in training accident at Camp Pendleton

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Jan 17 2014 12:52:59 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 20 2014 10:36:01 AM CST
Joshua Islam
WEDDINGTON, UNION COUNTY -

Funeral arrangements have been set for a Marine from North Carolina who died in a swimming pool during training at Camp Pendleton.

A service celebrating the life of 18-year-old PFC Joshua Islam is scheduled to be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the First Baptist Church of Indian Trail in Union County, according to his obituary. Islam is survived by his parents, grandparents, six siblings and other family members.

According to the Marine Corps, Islam, of Weddington in Union County, died on Jan. 13 in a pool while undergoing a test where he had to tread water for 30 minutes. It was his first day of training at Camp Pendleton in California

A base official said the incident is under investigation. An official cause of death has not been released.

Islam was a 2013 graduate of Weddington High School, about 11 miles west of Monroe in Union County. He was a pitcher for his school's baseball team.

A memorial fund has been set up in honor of Islam, and will support youth baseball, childhood cancer treatment and support, and Junior Marine Corps ROTC. Honor gifts may be sent to Joshua M. Islam, PO Box 358301, Gainesville, Fla. 32635.

A foundation has also been created to honor Josh's memory. You can learn more by visiting Joshua19foundation.org.

CLICK HERE to visit Josh's memorial page set up by the Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

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A Marine from North Carolina died in a swimming pool while performing a water skills test at Camp Pendleton in California, said the Marine Corps.

According to the Marine Corps Times, 18-year-old PFC Joshua Islam, of Weddington in Union County, died Monday in a pool while undergoing a test where he had to tread water for 30 minutes.

An official at Camp Pendleton said the incident is under investigation. No other details were released.

Brig. Gen. John Simmons, commanding general of Training Command, released the following statement.

"I wish to extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the family of Private First Class Islam," he said. "Our first priority is to provide his family with the support they need during this difficult time."

Islam had graduated from boot camp in South Carolina in October, 2013, the Marine Corps Times reported.

Islam was a 2013 graduate of Weddington High School, about 11 miles west of Monroe in Union County. He was a pitcher for his school's baseball team.