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Military identifies 7 Marines killed in Nevada training exercise

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Pfc. Josh Martino is seen in this undated photo provided by his brother Tony Perry. Martino, 19, a native of Dubois, Pa., was killed along with six others by an explosion during a training exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada Monday March 18, 2013.

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In this undated photo released by the U.S. Marine Corps via the Marietta Times, Marine Lance Cpl. Josh Taylor poses for a photograph. Taylor 21, with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force from Camp Lejeune, N.C., was killed with 6 other Marines after mortar shell exploded during a training exercise at the Hawthorne, Nev., Army Depot.

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The military has released the names of the seven Marines who died in a mortar explosion during a training exercise in Nevada.

The victims range in age from 19 to 26. They were part of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The victims were identified as:

• Pfc. Joshua M. Martino, 19, of Clearfield, Pa.

• Lance Cpl. David P. Fenn II, 20, of Polk City, Fla.

• Lance Cpl. Roger W. Muchnick Jr., 23, of Fairfield, Conn.

• Lance Cpl. Joshua C. Taylor, 21, of Marietta, Ohio

• Lance Cpl. Mason J. Vanderwork, 21, of Hickory, N.C.

• Lance Cpl. William T. Wild IV, 21, of Anne Arundel, Md.

• Cpl. Aaron J. Ripperda, 26, of Madison, Ill.

Eight more Marines were injured in the accident at the Hawthorne Army Depot.

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