Base releases identity of Marine killed in motorcycle crash

December 28, 2012 

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island has released the name of a Marine killed Thursday in a motorcycle crash in Beaufort:

"Cpl. Cameron P. Branum, assigned to Headquarters and Service Battalion here, was killed in a motor vehicle accident while off duty near the intersection of Joe Frazier Road and Polite Drive in Beaufort, S.C., at approximately 7 a.m. on Dec. 27.

"Branum, 23, native of Newalla, Okla., enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 2007 and served as a rifleman with the 1st Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Company based in Norfolk, Va., from April 2008 to April 2010. From May 2010 to March 2012, he served with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., deploying to Afghanistan from February 2011 to September 2011. He reported to Parris Island on March 31, 2012, and served as a company clerk for Service Company, H&S Bn.

"Branum's military awards include the Good Conduct Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the NATO Medal and the National Defense Service Medal."

Branum was killed after the driver of a 2008 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck crashed into him, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. The patrol continues to investigate the crash.

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