Four Marines killed in accident aboard Camp Pendleton

Four Marines killed in accident aboard Camp Pendleton
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POSTED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 2:00pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 2:04pm

Four Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marines were killed in an explosion at approximately 11 a.m. on Wednesday during range maintenance operations aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

One Navy Hospital Corpsman and two Marines nearby were released after receiving medical treatment at the scene.

The names of the deceased Marines are:

Staff Sgt. Mathew R. Marsh, 28, of Long Beach, Calif. was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician. He joined the Marine Corps in July 2003, and was promoted to his current rank in May 2009. Marsh was the recipient of several awards. He deployed twice to Iraq in 2005 and 2008 and twice to Afghanistan in 2010 and 2012 as a team leader.

Gunnery Sgt. Gregory J. Mullins, 31, of Bayou L'Ourse, La., was the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Staff Noncommissioned Officer-in-Charge. He joined the Marine Corps in March 2002, and was promoted to his current rank in February 2013. Mullins received several awards. He deployed twice to Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012 as a team leader.

Sgt. Miguel Ortiz, 27, of Vista, Calif., was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician. He joined the Marine Corps in March 2006, and was promoted to his current rank in November 2009. Ortiz received several awards He deployed to Iraq in 2007, to the Western Pacific in 2008 and to Afghanistan in 2012.

Staff Sgt. Eric W. Summers, 32, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician. He joined the Marine Corps in July 2000, and was promoted to his current rank in October 2010. Summers received several awards. He deployed to Kuwait in 2003, Iraq in 2004 and three times to Afghanistan in 2009, 2011 and 2012 as a team leader.

"Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the Marines we lost yesterday. Explosive Ordnance Disposal is a small and tight-knit community, not just in the Marine Corps, but in the entire US military. Our focus now is on ensuring these families receive the help and support they need," said Brig. Gen. John W. Bullard, Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations West - Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

The cause of the accident is currently under investigation. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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