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Navy identifies sailor who died after Guam relay race

Oct. 1, 2013 - 10:54AM   |  
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class (FMF) Andrew Sanders, 22, died Sunday after participating in a relay race on Guam.
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class (FMF) Andrew Sanders, 22, died Sunday after participating in a relay race on Guam. (Naval Hospital Guam Public Affairs Office)
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The Navy has identified a sailor who died of unknown causes Sunday after participating in a relay race on Guam.

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Andrew Sanders, 22, assigned to Naval Hospital Guam, died at the hospital at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the hospital’s public affairs office posted to its Facebook page Tuesday.

An investigation is underway into Sanders’ death, the release said.

The Navy Birthday Beast 60 Mile Relay, in its second year, benefits the island’s Navy Birthday Ball Committee, according to race information posted on Facebook. The two-day event began Saturday.

“In a short five months aboard, this impressive young corpsman was a leader across the command and throughout the community,” Capt. Jeff Plummer, commanding officer of the hospital, said in the news release.

Sanders, of Elizabeth City, N.C., previously was attached to 2nd Marine Division, according to the release.

He is survived by his mother and father.

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