MN National Guard Soldier Dies at Training Center


(ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – A Minnesota National Guard Solider was found unresponsive yesterday (Wednesday) morning following a training exercise at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

Guard Officials identify him as 19-year-old Pvt. Connor J. McGurran of Owatonna.

According to the Fort Jackson Public Affairs Office, McGurran was immediately transported by Emergency Medical Services to Providence Hospital where he was pronounced deceased by medical authorities.

An investigation into the cause of the death continues.

McGurran enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard on September 12, and began training with the Arden Hills Recruit Sustainment Program. He reported to Army Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson in October and was on track to become a Bradly fighting vehicle system maintainer.

“I extend my deepest sympathies and prayers to the family and loved ones of Pvt. Connor McGurran. He was a soldier with a promising future in our organization.

We will provide every comfort to his family and the Recruiting and Retention Battalion, who are devastated by his untimely death.

This is a tragic loss for the Minnesota National Guard,” said Lt. Col. Eduardo Suarez, Minnesota National Guard, Recruiting and Retention Commander.


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