Only 2 days after Veterans Day, a holiday to pay tribute to our service members, four Marines died yesterday during a routine safety sweep at Camp Pendleton in California. The sweep was a part of a routine task to make the range safe for future training exercises. There was no live fire during the incident; the four Marines were attempting to clear an unexploded ordnance.
Only eight months ago in Nevada, a mortar explosion killed seven Marines during a live-fire training exercise. In that particular incident, the deaths were attributed to human error. According to a probe’s findings, a Marine operating a 60 mm mortar tube and ammunition did not follow correct procedures, resulting in the detonation of a high explosive round at the mortar position.
Names of the Marines who were killed yesterday have not been released yet.