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SAN DIEGO — Four Marines were killed Wednesday during an operation to clear a range of unexploded ordnance at Camp ...


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Old 11-13-2013, 10:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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SAN DIEGO — Four Marines were killed Wednesday during an operation to clear a range of unexploded ordnance at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, a Marine official said.

The deaths occurred during a periodic sweep of explosive material to make ranges safe for future exercises, said a Marine official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

There was no live firing on the range at the time, the official said.

My thoughts and prayers goes out to them and their family members.
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RIP Marines. So sad........
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That's sad and unfortunate. God bless those who serve, who have served, and those who have fallen.
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AMEN, I pray for peace and comfort to the families and friends of the fallen.
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Training with foreign troops.
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We lose far too many people in "Training Accidents" and routine cleanup missions. This needs to end, and soon.
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Soon as we brought tanks into our training the death toll went up.
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I can't really dispute that . . . My first week in Korea a soldier was killed in a roll over to a training exercise
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SAN DIEGO The job is one of the most dangerous in the Marine Corps.

The four Marines killed Wednesday while clearing unexploded ordnance at California's Camp Pendleton were bomb removal technicians. It is one of the few positions in which the Marine Corps allows team members to quit at any time. That's because their mental focus could mean the difference between life or death, either for themselves or their fellow troops.

Few quit, despite the inherent risks that come with finding and getting rid of unexploded munitions whether on the battlefield or on a U.S. base, according to former bomb technicians.

The four were killed around 11 a.m. during a routine sweep to make a range safer for future training exercises at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, said a Marine official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. There was no live firing on the range at the time.

Base officials said they would not release details until an investigation into the cause of the accident is concluded. They released the names of the dead Thursday night.

They were Staff Sgt. Mathew R. Marsh, 28, of Long Beach, Calif., Sgt. Miguel Ortiz, 27, of Vista, Calif., Gunnery Sgt. J. Mullins, 31, of Bayou L'Ourse, La., and Staff Sgt. Eric W. Summers, 32, of Poplar Bluff, Mo.

One Navy Hospital Corpsman and two Marines near the accident had minor injuries, officials said.
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