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Friends and family remember Lance Corporal Guillermo S. Perez, 20, of New Braunfels as a man with a bright smile who was "always laughing," according to a Tuesday report by News4 San Antonio.

Perez, a trained rifleman based in Camp Pendleton, was among nine men who died on July 30 in a training accident in San Diego, Calif. He enlisted June 24, 2019, according to a report in the Orange County Register.

The amphibious assault vehicle that sank during the accident was recovered earlier this week, military personnel said Tuesday.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family of Perez, known as "Willie" by his friends.

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