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Seven Marines Killed in Nevada Identified

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The Marine Corps has released the names of the seven Marines who died Monday following a mortar malfunction at Hawthorne Army Depot, Nev.

Pfc. Joshua M. Martino, 19, of Clearfield, Pa.

Pfc. Joshua M. Martino, 19, of Clearfield, Pa.

Pfc. Joshua M. Martino, 19, of Clearfield, Pa., served as a mortarman assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. He joined the Marine Corps in July 2012. Martino’s awards include the National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

 

 

 

 

Lance Cpl. David P. Fenn II, 20, of Polk City, Fla.

Lance Cpl. David P. Fenn II, 20, of Polk City, Fla.

Lance Cpl. David P. Fenn II, 20, of Polk City, Fla., was a mortarman assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. He joined the Marine Corps in June 2010 and was promoted to his current rank in March 2011. Fenn’s awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan. He was most recently deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in 2011.

 

Lance Cpl. Roger W. Muchnick Jr., 23, of Fairfield, Conn.

Lance Cpl. Roger W. Muchnick Jr., 23, of Fairfield, Conn.

Lance Cpl. Roger W. Muchnick Jr., 23, of Fairfield, Conn., was a mortarman assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. He joined the Marine Corps in June 2010 and was promoted to his current rank in May 2011. Muchnick’s awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan. He was most recently deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lance Cpl. Joshua C. Taylor, 21, of Marietta, Ohio.

Lance Cpl. Joshua C. Taylor, 21, of Marietta, Ohio.

Lance Cpl. Joshua C. Taylor, 21, of Marietta, Ohio, was a mortarman assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. He joined the Marine Corps in June 2010 and was promoted to his current rank in August 2011. Taylor’s awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan. He was most recently deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in 2011.

 

 

 

 

Lance Cpl. Mason J. Vanderwork, 21, of Hickory, N.C.

Lance Cpl. Mason J. Vanderwork, 21, of Hickory, N.C.

Lance Cpl. Mason J. Vanderwork, 21, of Hickory, N.C., was a mortarman assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. He joined the Marine Corps in June 2010 and was promoted to his current rank in August 2011. Vanderwork’s awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan. He was most recently deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lance Cpl. William T. Wild IV, 21, of Anne Arundel, Md.

Lance Cpl. William T. Wild IV, 21, of Anne Arundel, Md.

Lance Cpl. William T. Wild IV, 21, of Anne Arundel, Md., was a mortarman assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. He joined the Marine Corps in October 2010 and was promoted to his current rank in December 2011. Wild’s awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan. He was most recently deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in 2011.

 

 

 

Corporal Aaron J. Ripperda, 26, of Madison, Ill.

Corporal Aaron J. Ripperda, 26, of Madison, Ill.

Cpl. Aaron J. Ripperda, 26, of Madison, Ill., was an anti-tank missleman assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. He joined the Marine Corps in September 2008 and was promoted to his current rank in April 2011. Ripperda’s awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan. He was most recently deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in 2011.

 

 

 

According to a late Wednesday statement provided to USNI News, the investigation to the malfunction of the 60mm motar system is ongoing and no conclusions have been reached.

“Currently, there are several teams of investigators already on site, working around the clock, to determine what happened so we can prevent it from happening again,” said 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Andrew J. McNulty.
“We do not know what caused the mortar system failure.”

The Marines were based in Camp Lejeune N.C. and had recently completed a winter warfare exercise at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif. and moved to Hawthorne for live fire training. Six other Marines and a sailor were injured in the blast.