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21-year-old Marine found dead on base in Okinawa

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A security guard waits at the gate of U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler in Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 28, 2010, to check identifications and talk to drivers about weather conditions brought by Typhoon Chaba. (DoD photo)

A Marine assigned to Camp Smedley D. Butler was found dead Thursday on Okinawa.

The body of Pvt. 1st Class Ronald Valentin, 21, of Worcester, Mass., was discovered on base at approximately 2 p.m., a Marine Corps statement said.

The circumstance surrounding the death of Valentin, who was assigned to Headquarters and Support Battalion Consolidated Postal System, was unknown on Friday.

The cause of death is under investigation, Marine Corps spokesman 1st Lt. Edward Pingel wrote in an emailed statement.

Valentin’s awards include the Global War on Terrorism Medal and the National Defense Medal.

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