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Range 14 Training Complex

 
 
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By Kevin W., December 12, 2007
1. Range 14 Training Complex Marker
Inscription.
Dedicated to the Memory
of
Eric Paul Bertaud
Second Lieutenant, USMC
Company D, The Basic School
February 20, 1970 - July 29, 1993

 
Location. 38° 34.903′ N, 77° 26.084′ W. Marker is in Kopp, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on MCB 1, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is on Quantico Marine Corps Base. Authorization is required to visit the base. Marker is in this post office area: Quantico VA 22134, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Belle Haven Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Quantico Baptist Church (approx. 3.6 miles away); Quantico National Cemetery Carillon (approx. 4.4 miles away); Quantico National Cemetery (approx. 4.4 miles away); Howison Homestead (approx. 4.6 miles away); a different marker also named Howison Homestead (approx. 4.6 miles away); “Let There Be Lights” (approx. 4.6 miles away); Little Union Baptist Church (approx. 4.7 miles away).
 
Additional comments.
1. Backstory on Range 14 Training Complex Dedication
On the afternoon of July 29, 1993, Company D was on Range 14a,
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By Kevin W., December 12, 2007
2. Range 14 Training Complex Marker
engaged in a live-fire training exercise which consisted of moving among structures that simulated urban combat conditions and firing on targets downrange. Lieutenant Bertaud was shot at close range by another officer who was transitioning in what was later found to be an unsafe manner behind Lieutenant Bertaud's firing position. Autopsy results indicated Lieutenant Bertaud was killed instantly.

Then Marine Corps Commandant General Charles C. Krulak was the senior officer present when the Range 14 Training Complex was dedicated in honor of Lieutenant Bertaud. Lieutenant Bertaud was buried at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville, IL. Among the Marine Corps officers attending his funeral were General Peter Pace, then President of the Marine Corps University and future Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as the current Marine Corps Commandant General James T. Conway, who was then a Colonel and Commander of The Basic School. General Pace presented the flag to the Lieutenant Bertaud's mother.

Prior to attending The Basic School, Lieutenant Bertaud was selected to participate in training at the prestigious Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center and was also recognized as one of the top NROTC officer candidates in the nation upon his graduation from the Engineering program at Iowa State University. He served as Executive Officer of the NROTC unit there,
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By Kevin W., December 12, 2007
3. Range 14 Training Complex Marker
which at that time was one of the largest Marine Corps NROTC units in the U.S.

The officer who killed Lieutenant Bertaud received a General Discharge from the Marine Corps as a result of Courts Martial proceedings into the matter. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted March 17, 2008.

2. Marker Correction
Lieutenant Bertaud's correct birth date is February 28th, 1970. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted March 18, 2008, by David Bertaud of Gurnee, Illinois.

 
Categories. Military
 
Range 14 Training Complex Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., December 12, 2007
4. Range 14 Training Complex Marker
In the background is the Belle Haven Baptist Church Cemetery (see nearby marker).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 13, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,065 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 13, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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