Fort Benning identifies soldier who died after ruck march

By JEREMY REDMON | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Published: April 29, 2014

Fort Benning, Ga., on Monday identified a National Guard member who died after a training march during the weekend as Pvt. Aurek S. Rardin, 20, of Tennessee.

Rardin, assigned to the 198th Infantry Brigade, was participating in basic training. He vomited and lost his pulse following a “ruck march,” Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said. Officials revived Rardin at a military hospital and then transported him to St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, Ga., where he was pronounced dead early Saturday morning.

A Fort Benning spokeswoman said the military is investigating the cause of his death.


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