Lejeune Marines relieved of duty after Nevada training explosion

Camp Lejeune

May 9, 2013 5:05:14 AM PDT
ABC News Radio reports three Marines Corps officers were relieved of duty this week in connection with a March mortar explosion in Nevada that killed seven service members stationed at Camp Lejeune.

A spokesman for 2nd Marine Division based at Camp Lejeune said that a battalion commander, a company commander and a weapons officer had been relieved, according to the report.

On March 18, a 60-millimeter round exploded in a mortar tube during the training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot, about 140 miles southeast of Reno.

Lance Cpl. Mason Vanderwork, 21, Cpl. Aaron Ripperda, 26, Lance Cpl. Josh Taylor, 21, Lance Cpl. Roger Muchnick, 23, Pfc. Josh Martino, 19, Lance Cpl. William Taylor Wild IV, 21, and Lance Cpl. David Fenn II, 20, died in the accident. Eight other servicemen were injured.

The incident led to the Marines suspending the use of all 60-millimeter mortar rounds and similar ammunition until a full investigation is complete.

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