All of the Marines were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. It is clear that many of them had served together overseas.
Those who died in the incident:
Corporal Aaron J. Ripperda, 26, of Madison, Ill. He was an anti-tank missleman. Ripperda joined the Corps in September 2008. He had several commendations and had done at least one combat tour in Afghanistan.
Mortarman, Lance Cpl. William T. Wild IV, 21, was from Anne Arundel, Md. He was a decorated combat veteran who had also seen action in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011.
Lance Cpl. Mason J. Vanderwork, 21, was from Hickory, N.C. He was also a decorated mortarman who deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. He joined the Marines in June of 2010.
Mortarman, Lance Cpl. Joshua C. Taylor, 21, was from Marietta, Ohio. He joined the Marine Corps in June 2010, and was promoted to his current rank in August 2011. He, too, was a veteran of the Global War on Terror, having served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2011.
Lance Cpl. Roger W. Muchnick Jr., 23, called Fairfield, Conn., home. Muchnick joined the Marine Corps in June 2010, and was promoted to his current rank in May 2011. He was another decorated combat veteran having served in Afghanistan in 2011.
Combat decorated, Lance Cpl. David P. Fenn II, 20, of Polk City, Fla., was also a mortarman. He was most recently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011.
The youngest of those killed in the training accident, Private First Class Joshua M. Martino, 19, was from Clearfield, Pa. He joined the Corps in July 2012. Martino's awards include the National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. There was no indication that Private First Class Martino had been deployed overseas.
This incident remains under investigation by the military. Until further notice the Marines have discontinued use of the 60 millimeter mortar.
Additional information on these Marines can be found here by WSOCTV News.
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