An investigation is underway after a veteran marine from central Kentucky drowned in Oklahoma.
Search crews recovered the body of 29-year-old Adam Morefield Sunday morning in the Illinois River near Tahlequah. The Winchester native was attending a training mission at an Army Munitions plant in McAlester, Oklahoma. He worked as an ammunition inspector at the Blue Grass Army Depot.
Friends and co-workers struggled with the news. "He worked his way up through the ranks here," supervisor Brent Dubois said of Morefield's work at the depot, "He came into our organization with a lot of knowledge with his former military knowledge."
"He enjoyed the fact that he was able to continue supporting his fellow marines," Morefield's depot team leader added, "Also army, navy, air force. He had a sense of duty to his veterans."
Investigators say Morefield had been swimming without a lifejacket behind a raft with two fellow trainees. The other men reported him missing around 5pm.
"I miss him already," Whitelaw said, "I know there are many people that miss him."
Morefield's friends say he loved the outdoors and shared that enthusiasm by volunteering for the wounded warrior hunt each year helping disabled veterans. Now loved ones say his fellow team members at work will have a difficult time without him. "Monday morning is going to be very hard on the whole team," Dubois said, "because it's more than just a team that works together. We're more like family."
Morefield was set to be deployed to Afghanistan in July.