Profiles of 7 Nev. Army depot explosion victims

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 21, 2013 at 12:50 pm •  Published: March 21, 2013
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JOSH MARTINO, 19

Pfc. Martino, who hailed from Dubois, Pa., and was preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan, aspired to be a Marine since boyhood.

"Since he was probably 8 years old he wanted to be a Marine," said his mother, Karen Perry. "That's all he wanted to do."

Martino was a talkative former high school athlete and accomplished hunter who hoped to marry his fiancee later this year, Perry said.

His mother said she first heard a radio news report about the Monday accident, then three Marines arrived at her workplace to say her son was among the seven dead.

WILLIAM TAYLOR WILD IV, 21

Lance Cpl. Wild joined the Marines shortly after graduating in 2010 from Severna Park High School near Annapolis, Md. His mother, Elizabeth Wild, said he was in a weapons platoon that was scheduled to deploy in November to Afghanistan. He already had been deployed twice to Afghanistan and once to Kuwait.

Wild said her son always wanted to go into the military, like his father, who is a command chief in the Air Force Reserve at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

DAVID FENN II, 20

Lance Cpl. Fenn, who was from Polk City, Fla., enlisted with the Marine Corps in June 2010. He was promoted to his current rank nine months later. Fenn, who served as a mortarman, received numerous accolades including a Combat Action Ribbon and National Defense Service Medal. He was last deployed in 2011 to Afghanistan.

MASON VANDERWORK, 21

Lance Cpl. Vanderwork already had served a tour in Afghanistan and loved being a Marine. His wife, 19-year-old Taylor Vanderwork, said they married the day after she graduated from high school and hoped to start a family. He loved driving his Mustang convertible and going to the beach.

He had a tattoo emblazoned on his chest, she said, that read, "Sacrifice. Without fear there is no courage."