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Death prompts Army to change training at Bragg

Posted July 13, 2010

— Army officials have told the father of a Fort Bragg soldier who died in training two years ago that they would no longer conduct extensive training exercises on hot days.

Pfc. Norman Murburg, 20, went into the Hoffman Training Area on post on June 9, 2008, on a 10-hour Special Forces training mission. Fellow soldiers found his body the next day.

The Army initially said Murburg died after being bitten by a venomous snake, and officials ruled the death accidental. A report noted discoloration on Murburg's left hand and said soldiers killed a water moccasin near the spot where he was found.

Mike Murburg challenged the Army's theory about his son's death, and medical experts in his home state of Florida also expressed skepticism about the snake-bite story.

The Army recently changed Norman Murburg's cause of the death to undetermined.

Mike Murburg said he is convinced that his son likely became disoriented and died of dehydration or heat exhaustion during the training exercise.

In addition to limiting training on hot days, the Army plans to keep closer tabs on soldiers when they go down during training, officials said.

Murburg's father will get a full report, once the investigation into his son's death and policy changes are put in place.

The military medical examiner who blamed the death on a snake is resigning, officials said.


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  • edith wharton Jul 14, 2010

    It seems as if something must have gone awry during this particular training exercise. My husband did military training in the Mojave desert and did not experience severe dehydration, though he did experience heat exhaustion. It seems there must have been a lack of oversight or teamwork somewhere along the line. Where was this soldier's buddy?

  • Sherlock Jul 14, 2010

    Does this mean that our soldiers will not have to fight in hot weather, Wrong, you train the way work and you'll work the way you trained and live. This is a bad move. I spent many a hot day training, yes we took breaks and we looked after each other. That is team work