Base Identifies Marine Who was Found Dead on Base

Lance Cpl. Michael J. Ronner, 23, of Sudbury, Mass., was found at approximately 9:15 a.m. Monday. Investigators are treating the case as a suicide.

Camp Pendleton officials released the name of a Marine found dead Monday morning. 

Lance Cpl. Michael J. Ronner, 23, of Sudbury, Mass., was found at approximately 9:15 a.m, according to base officials. 

Camp Pendleton Provost Marshal's Office and paramedics responded to the scene. Paramedics began life saving support but were unsuccessful in resuscitating him.

The base has released little on the death, but Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents are treating the Marine's death as a suicide, the North County Times reports. Eleven of the 32 reported Marine Corps suicides last year were on Camp Pendleton, the report adds. 

Ronner enlisted in the Marine Corps Jan. 11, 2010 and was assigned to 9th Communication Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif., according to the release.

His awards include the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

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David B Secor May 09, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Michael Ronner died too young. Suicides among combat troops and veterans are now greater than deaths in combat. They have been for at least 3 years. The exact number is difficult to know, as the military is often reluctant to report cause of death accurately. I had difficulty in adjusting to civilian life upon my return from Vietnam in 1969. Major issues for me were relationships, many people's views of war (They meant well, said they understood, but that's simply not possible if you haven't been there), and employment. I managed to get through it, but had real trouble with alcohol for a long time. I say to all active duty and veterans who are suffering today, do not carry this burden alone. No matter how bleak things may seem today, there are better days ahead. How do I know? Because I was once feeling as hopeless as you do today. This is no joke. I was at the edge. Do not listen to those morons who tell you to just "man-up." Having a big truck and a big mouth don't make you a man, they show you're a boy pretending to be a man. All these children hang out, like junior high losers they try to show each other who is the baddest, and hide their fear behind bullshit bravado. It took me a long time to admit my problems. I could have had 20 better years had I reached out earlier. I'm 64 now, and I have never been happier. I love my life. You can, too. Show real courage and go to Iraq/Afghanistan vet organizations online or in person. Get your life back.
Daniel Woolfolk May 09, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Thanks, David. Are there any organizations locally that you recommend?
David B Secor May 09, 2012 at 03:02 AM
I would contact iava.org. This is a first rate site for Iraq/Afghanistan veterans built BY Iraq/Afghanistan veterans. It will also assist those who have not been deployed. I personally would contact them as most in-house assistance is substandard, in my opinion. For those who need action in a hurry the VA hospital here is an excellent place to go and really does fine, quality work. There are more, of course, and the VA Hospital is more than happy to give active and veterans a comprehensive list of organizations.
Shaun Michael January 02, 2013 at 07:08 AM
I was there when he did it, i was his first responder to his side trying to save him, he left a journal with a few entries in it that i found a few months later, ive tried reaching his family but no response. im now out of the marine corp, and decided to look it up on the internet and found this.


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