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Special Forces Trainee Dies From Snake Bite

20-Year-Old Floridian Bitten Multiple Times

POSTED: 10:52 am EDT September 17, 2008
UPDATED: 11:23 am EDT September 17, 2008
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- A Special Forces trainee found dead this summer during a land navigation exercise in North Carolina was bitten by a poisonous water moccasin, also known as a cottonmouth, according to the Army.

The military said Wednesday the autopsy of Pfc. Norman M. Murburg, 20, of Dade City, Fla., ruled out heat or dehydration as a cause of death. Murburg was bitten multiple times while training at the Hoffman training area, near Fort Bragg's Camp Mackall.

Soldiers began searching for Murburg when he didn't return from the exercise. His body was found June 10.Authorities met with Murburg's family to explain the autopsy results.

Maj. Gen. Thomas Csrnko, who commands the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center, said the death reinforces the fact that training for Green Beret candidates can be dangerous.
 

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Special Forces Trainee Dies From Snake Bite

20-Year-Old Floridian Bitten Multiple Times

POSTED: 10:52 am EDT September 17, 2008
UPDATED: 11:23 am EDT September 17, 2008
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- A Special Forces trainee found dead this summer during a land navigation exercise in North Carolina was bitten by a poisonous water moccasin, also known as a cottonmouth, according to the Army.

The military said Wednesday the autopsy of Pfc. Norman M. Murburg, 20, of Dade City, Fla., ruled out heat or dehydration as a cause of death. Murburg was bitten multiple times while training at the Hoffman training area, near Fort Bragg's Camp Mackall.

Soldiers began searching for Murburg when he didn't return from the exercise. His body was found June 10.Authorities met with Murburg's family to explain the autopsy results.

Maj. Gen. Thomas Csrnko, who commands the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center, said the death reinforces the fact that training for Green Beret candidates can be dangerous.
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Yeah JAP, the days of being a minimum E-4 (P) going to selection is long ago. They are letting kids off the street go SF with the 18X contract.
 

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What a damn shame. Gold bless PFC Murburg.

From the limited info in the news post, it appears he may not know he was bitten?
Or maybe he was in a solitary situation without the ability to contact others?
 

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Or maybe he was in a solitary situation without the ability to contact others?
Koz, I bet that was the case. I assume he was on the land navigation(orienteering) course where you are solo and at one point have to make a water crossing. It is physically demanding which may have accelerated the effects of the bites.
 

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Koz, I bet that was the case. I assume he was on the land navigation(orienteering) course where you are solo and at one point have to make a water crossing. It is physically demanding which may have accelerated the effects of the bites.
Depending on what time of the year you go through the course, if you're under 5'8", plus having to go back through it a few times with a wet 60 lb ruck sack at night with no moon light, it can be, how do you say...challenging?
 

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Not for Masscopguy, he could just flit his fairy wings across the water.

But seriously, RIP Pfc. Murburg
 
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