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Memorial honors Marines killed in base explosion

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CAMP PENDLETON (CNS) - Armed-forces personnel and military families gathered Thursday at a memorial service for the four Marine Corps ordnance-disposal technicians killed last week in an explosion at Camp Pendleton.

The late-morning ceremony at the northern San Diego County USMC base honored the service and accomplishments of Sgt. Miguel Ortiz, 27, of Vista; Staff Sgt. Mathew R. Marsh, 28, of Long Beach; Gunnery Sgt. Gregory J. Mullins, 31, of Bayou L'Ourse, La.; and Staff Sgt. Eric W. Summers, 32, of Poplar Bluff, Mo.

The men were killed Nov. 13 while sweeping an artillery range for undetonated munitions. The exact circumstances of the accident, which also injured two other Marines and a Navy corpsman, remain under investigation, according to the military officials.

In attendance at the memorial in a base theater were relatives of the late Marines, senior base leadership and the commandant of the Marine Corps, General James Amos, who met prior to the ceremony with each of the bereaved families, along with his wife, Bonnie.

Brig. Gen. John Bullard, commanding general of Marine Corps Installations West, praised the four combat veterans' "lives, service and sacrifice."

"We, their Marine family, mourn alongside their loved ones," Bullard told the gathering. "We will always remember their commitment and devotion to duty."

The ceremony included eulogies by close friends, fellow ordnance-disposal personnel and base leadership, as well as Scripture readings, a ceremonial final roll call, a three-volley rifle salute and performances of "Amazing Grace" and "Taps."

Ortiz joined the Marine Corps in March 2006. His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, two Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan.

Ortiz was deployed to Iraq in 2007, the Western Pacific in 2008 and Afghanistan in 2012.

Marsh enlisted in July 2003. His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, three Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan.

Marsh was deployed twice to Iraq in 2005 and 2008 and twice to Afghanistan in 2010 and 2012 as a team leader.

Mullins became a Marine in March 2002. His awards include two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, three Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan. He deployed twice to Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012 as a team leader.

Summers enlisted in July 2000. His awards include three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, three Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan.

Summers deployed to Kuwait in 2003, Iraq in 2004 and to Afghanistan in 2009, 2011 and 2012 as a team leader.

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