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Marines identify wounded in mortar accident

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The Marine Corps on Monday released the names of seven Marines and a sailor who were injured in a mortar training accident in western Nevada on March 18.

The injured Marines were identified as Pfc. James P. Davies, Pfc. Trent M. Martin, Lance Cpl. Sean J. Burke, Lance Cpl. Douglas L. Hand II, Lance Cpl. Myles E. Harris, Sgt. Caleb W. Patton and Chief Warrant Officer 2nd Ryan P. West. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ian S. McClanahan also was wounded.

The seven Marines who died in the accident 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 County, Md.; and Cpl. Aaron J. Ripperda, 26, of Madison, Ill.

The Marines were from the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C. They were conducting pre-deployment training at the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada when 60 mm mortar round exploded in the firing tube during an exercise.

The cause of the incident is being investigate. Meanwhile, Marines have been barred from using 60 mm mortars worldwide.

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