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SoCal Marine Corps base suffers high non-combat death rate




A view from Eureka Peak in Joshua Tree National Park on April 3, 2013, looking north into the Twenty-Nine Palms Marine Base, from KPCC member Mike Dusich.
A view from Eureka Peak in Joshua Tree National Park on April 3, 2013, looking north into the Twenty-Nine Palms Marine Base, from KPCC member Mike Dusich.
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The specter of death in the desert is one that many Marines have faced in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But a special report by the Desert Sun newspaper finds they're also facing it at home.

Since 2007, the Marine Corps base in Twenty Nine Palms, California has seen more deaths among its ranks from car crashes and suicides, than in combat. Reporter Brett Kelman has spent the past year investigating this trend and he joins me now.