USS Harpers Ferry

USS Harpers Ferry (Derek Stroop/U.S. Navy photo)

A sailor died Thursday from a non-combat related injury while supporting United States operations against the Islamic State group, the Defense Department announced Saturday.

Seaman Connor Alan McQuagge, 19, of Utah, died while underway in the Red Sea, according to a statement.

McQuagge, a gunner’s mate, was assigned to the USS Harpers Ferry, which is currently deployed in the 5th Fleet area of operations.

The details of McQuagge’s death remain under investigation.

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