Military officials have unveiled the name of a Marine who died during a training exercise at California's Camp Pendleton.

On Friday, Sgt. Wesley J. Rice, a 27-year-old from San Antonio, Texas, died when the amphibious assault vehicle he was riding in capsized and sank - the Camp Pendleton public affairs office said.

Rice was an instructor in the training exercise, Camp Pendleton spokesman Lt. Justin Smith said. Three students and two other instructors escaped from the vessel, he said.

Rice served two tours of duty in Iraq and was awarded a Combat Action Ribbon "for having received hostile fire," among other honors, Smith said.

Investigators were still working to determine a cause of death and what caused Friday's accident, Smith said.

Camp Pendleton is along the Pacific Coast between Los Angeles and San Diego.


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