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Camp Pendleton Marine killed in skydiving accident identified as Caleb Medley of Colorado


Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
Issue 09, Volume 17.


SAN DIEGO - Authorities released the name today of a 26-year-old Camp Pendleton-based Marine killed in a skydiving accident in Riverside County.

Caleb Medley of Burlington, Colo., suffered fatal injuries about 3 p.m. Tuesday when his parachute apparently failed to deploy properly and he fell into a storage yard in the 2000 block of Goetz Road, just north of Perris Valley Airport, according to the Riverside County Coroner's Office. He died at the scene.

Medley was taking part in training exercises with a group of fellow Marines at the time of his death, sheriff's Sgt. Lisa McConnell told reporters.

The circumstances of the accident were under investigation.

(previous story)

U.S. Marine from Camp Pendleton killed in skydiving accident

PERRIS - An investigation was under way today into the death of a U.S. Marine from Camp Pendleton who was killed in a skydiving accident near Perris Valley Airport.

County firefighters were dispatched about 3 p.m. on a report of an injured skydiver at or near 2000 Goetz Road, north of where Perris Valley Skydiving is located at the airport, according to Jody Hagemann of the Riverside County Fire Department.

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scene, she said.

The victim was doing training exercises at Perris Valley Skydiving with a group of Marines from Camp Pendleton at the time of his death, Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa McConnell told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

The circumstances of the accident were under investigation and the man's identity was being withheld pending notification of his family, Capt. Alex H. Lim, a Marine Corps spokesman, told the newspaper.

The skydiver landed in a 10-acre storage yard on the grounds of construction equipment auction company Western Construction Auctions, company CEO Eric Kazakoff, told The Press-Enterprise.

"The parachute didn't open ... There was not a lot anybody could do," he told the paper.


Man dies in skydiving accident

PERRIS - A skydiver died today in an accident near Perris Valley Airport, a county fire department spokeswoman said.

It was unclear what went wrong, but county firefighters were dispatched about 3 p.m. on a report of an injured skydiver at or near 2000 Goetz Road, according to Jody Hagemann of the Riverside County Fire Department.

The man was declared dead at the scene, she said.

Perris Valley Skydiving is at the airport.


 

21 comments

Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #1 | Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 5:01 pm
Was this a Marine Corps training exersice? The article implyes it was; unusal that this was done at a civilian Airport and Iam guessing civilian gear.
Comment Profile Imagemarine
Comment #2 | Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 5:46 pm
Yes it was a Marine Corps training exercise. It's not unusual for the Marines to train at perris. Many foreign military train there as well. They were using military rigs.
Comment Profile ImageCurious
Comment #3 | Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 6:07 pm
There is a Caleb Medley who was a survivor (although seriously injured) of the Aurora, CO theatre shootings; seems unlikely but the name is unique -- this isn't the same guy, is it? Both from CO?
Comment Profile Image0451
Comment #4 | Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 7:13 pm
Marine Recon units use civilian drop zones regularly as they can get more jumps and better training value for the dollar. Perris Valley has facilities set up for this type of training with all SpecOps units.
Comment Profile ImageGrieving
Comment #5 | Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 9:50 pm
In response to Curious, no this is not the same Caleb Medley. I am from Burlington, the same town as this young marine. He will be sorely missed by his parents, his sister & 3 brothers. He was an upstanding young man. Our community mourns with his family.
Comment Profile ImageM.H.
Comment #6 | Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 9:51 pm
This was a wonderful young man from Burlington, Colorado. He was loved by his community, family, and friends for helping keep us safe and serving his country. He comes from a wonderful, loving family who will miss him dearly. Anyone from Burlington who knew this fine Marine is heart broken.
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #7 | Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 9:56 pm
Thanks Marine and 0451 for straightening me out.
Comment Profile Imagemarine
Comment #8 | Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 10:12 pm
No it is not the same Caleb Medley, there is at least 3 years difference in their ages. RIP warrior, fw&fs.
Comment Profile ImageMilhouse
Comment #9 | Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 1:58 am
I had the honor of serving with Caleb on his first tour in 06'. He was undoubtably one of the best. You'll be missed brother RIP.
Comment Profile Image0321
Comment #10 | Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 5:55 am
Sad day. RIP and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Comment Profile ImageCpl Lee X
Comment #11 | Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 7:15 am
Looking for service information. Caleb was one of my dearest friends and I would like to attend. thank you. (xeenglee@gmail.com)
Comment Profile ImageParaFrog
Comment #12 | Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 8:52 am
God's speed Devil Dog. As our hymn states, "If the Army and Navy ever look on Heavens scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines" Our Recon community lost a great Marine.
Comment Profile ImageAchilles
Comment #13 | Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 9:52 am
RIP All soldiers go to heaven!
Comment Profile ImageEthan
Comment #14 | Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 11:46 am
Its sad because he was our neighbor in Burlington and we watched him ship off. He also would spend the night with my older brother, who is currently in the military.
Comment Profile Imagepp
Comment #15 | Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 1:53 pm
SEMPER FI MARINE. GOD BLESS YOUR FAMIL YNOW AND FOREVER. HELPED HIS MOTHER THROUGH BOOT CAMP. VERY PROUD OF ALL OUR MARINES.
Comment Profile ImageFormer MC
Comment #16 | Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 2:29 pm
Its interesting to read about this. I was originally an 0451 turned 0321. It is and it isn't unusual to have an exercise as such on a civilian airport. Especially when March AFB is next door. Perris on the other hand has had one of the worst safety records of SD/FF jumps since the 90s. Many instructors I knew since then on longer live. Either way its a sad day within 1stRB. Rest in Peace Brother Recon.
Comment Profile ImageG
Comment #17 | Friday, Mar 1, 2013 at 12:03 pm
He was an amazing young man. He was a true role model. He died doing what he loved and what he believed in. I was blessed to have known him and watch him grow up into the fine Marine that he was. He had a smile like no other and he will be truly missed by all that knew him. His services are tentatively set for Wednesday March 6th in Burlington
Comment Profile ImageRecon Brother
Comment #18 | Friday, Mar 1, 2013 at 2:10 pm
Caleb was a good brother and friend, he would make us laugh all the time and that any time with him was comical. He will always live in our hearts and we will miss Brother Recon. Love you BROTHER!!!

NEVER ABOVE YOU, NEVER BELOW YOU, ALWAYS BESIDE YOU!!!
Comment Profile Imagemarine vet marine dad
Comment #19 | Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm
Rest in peace Marine. Our sympathy to your family. God bless all our servicemen.
Comment Profile ImageSF
Comment #20 | Tuesday, Mar 5, 2013 at 8:14 pm
I went to school with Caleb in Burlington. He was a wonderful person. Came from an Amazing family. Rest in peace Caleb hanks for your service.
Comment Profile ImageODA Rich
Comment #21 | Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm
GOD... WHY, WHY THIS GUY............... RIP BROTHER YOU WON'T BE FORGOTTEN

SEMPER FI

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