Military Identifies 7 Marines Killed In Training
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP/CBS13) — The military has released the names of the seven Marines who died in a mortar explosion during a training exercise in Nevada.
The victims range in age from 19 to 26. They were part of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Lejeune, N.C.
The victims were identified as:
— Pfc. Joshua M. Martino, 19, of Clearfield, Pa.
— Lance Cpl. David P. Fenn II, 20, of Polk City, Fla.
— Lance Cpl. Roger W. Muchnick Jr., 23, of Fairfield, Conn.
— Lance Cpl. Joshua C. Taylor, 21, of Marietta, Ohio
— Lance Cpl. Mason J. Vanderwork, 21, of Hickory, N.C.
— Lance Cpl. William T. Wild IV, 21, of Anne Arundel, Md.
— Cpl. Aaron J. Ripperda, 26, of Madison, Ill.
Eight more Marines were injured in the accident at the Hawthorne Army Depot.
A 60 millimeter mortar exploded before it could be fired during a live-fire training exercise Monday night. The Marines and sailors had been training in the area for a month.
The Hawthorne army facility is about 140 miles southeast of Reno. The massive facility stores ammunition and is home to hundreds of buildings spread across 230 square miles.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.