Report: Westport Native Dies in Marine Training Accident

Seven marines were killed in Nevada Monday after a 60 mm mortar exploded on the ground during a training exercise, according to report from ABC News.


Roger Muchnick, a 2008 Staples graduate, was one of seven marines killed in a marine training accident yesterday, according to ABC News.

Muchnick, 23, grew up in Westport and played both football and lacrosse while at Staples High School.

“This is a sad day for Westport where Roger grew up,” said First Selctman Gordon Joseloff. “At Staples, he was well known as a popular football and lacrosse player and was well liked by his friends, teachers, and coaches.”

Muchnick was from the 2nd Marine Division based at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was conducting live-fire training at the Hawthorne Army Depot 150 miles southeast of Reno, Nevada at about 10 p.m. Monday when a mortar round apparently exploded in a tube, according to ABC News. 

Muchnick is the second Staples graduate on active duty with the Marines to die in an accident in little more than three years. Twenty-four-year-old Charles M. Rochlin, who had recently returned home from Iraq, died in a car accident on Greens Farms Road in 2009.

“Our community once again is in shock,” Joseloff said. “Our hearts go out to the Muchnick family and friends. We deeply share their loss.”

Several other Marines were injured in the accident. They are being treated at a hospital in Reno for injuries that include vascular injuries and trauma fractures, according to ABC News.


Cliff Cuming March 20, 2013 at 09:53 PM
How sad for the family...and our nation. We should never have invaded Iraq or especially Afghanistan but this young man is forever in our debt for his service to our principles.
Sanchez March 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM
And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid should never have said "this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything " speaking of the Iraq war 4 years after it started even though he voted YEA to use force! Then there was this "“Tonight We Heard President Bush Say That The Surge In Iraq Is Working, When We Know That's Just Not True.” Guess what Senator said that! The same one who knew nothing about the attacks on Benghazi and the deaths of 4 Americans and then the cover up. Knew nothing about gun running to the Sinola drug terrorists. “This Whole Notion That The Surge Is Working Is Fantasy.” From the same man who gave the Oscar Pistorius Self Defense Course to American women, "just fire 2 blasts through the door." “The Most Important Conclusion That You've Drawn Is That, Thus Far, At Least, The Surge And The Purpose Of It, Which Was To Provide Breathing Space For Political Reconciliation, Has Failed.” Our newest SoS. Man it will get worse and Kerry will claim some kind of medal for services never rendered. "“The Surge… Has Failed.” “The surge was designed to give the Iraqi government time to take steps to ensure a political solution. It has failed.” Miserably failed SoS Hillary Clinton, then a freshman Senator representing constituents in a state she never before lived in and had no connection to. Great representation there eh? You should have stopped at the tribute Mr Droit. My rant reply is over.
Sanchez March 20, 2013 at 10:37 PM
My deepest sympathies to his family and friends. A terrible accident that took the lives of those who are willing to give their lives for ours.
Cliff Cuming March 21, 2013 at 01:38 AM
S we'll pick it up another time on another story...no rants on a hero's site


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