Imperial County – A Marine that died Tuesday when the military vehicle he was in rolled over has been identified as 23-year-old Pfc. Michael A. Cooper. Cooper is from Sacramento, Calif.
The rollover happened Tuesday morning on Ogilby Road, south of Highway 78. Marine Corps Air Station Yuma officials say Cooper was pronounced dead at the scene. Cooper was a motor vehicle operator with 2nd Transportation Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group. He joined the Marine Corps on March 17, 2014, and was promoted to his current rank on Sept. 1, 2014.
Pfc. Cooper’s battalion commander, Lt. Col. Kenneth G. Lee said, “Pfc. Cooper’s death is a great loss to our command and our Corps. He was a valuable contributor to our mission and was well known and liked by the men and women in his company. Our hearts, prayers, and shared grief are with his family during this trying time.”
Pfc. Cooper was stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., and was supporting Weapons and Tactics Instructor course at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.
Another Marine sustained injuries as a result of the incident, but he is currently in stable condition at Yuma Regional Medical Center.
Officials with the California Highway Patrol said the Marines were headed south when a second vehicle came into the lane. CHP says the men tried to avoid contact but lost control, causing the vehicle to roll over.
No other injuries were reported.
The incident remains under investigation.