Camp Foster Marine killed, four wounded in accident
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — One Okinawa-based Marine died and four were injured after a 7-ton truck overturned during a convoy training exercise Sunday at Camp Fuji on the Japanese mainland near Tokyo, the Marine Corps announced Tuesday afternoon. Cpl. David W. Smith, 20, who was stationed at Camp Foster, was pronounced dead at 12:12 p.m. Sunday after being transported to Yokosuka Naval Hospital, according to a news release.
The injured Marines were Pfc. Michael D. Robinson, Lance Cpl. Troy Marinos, Pfc. Moises Cazeras and Pfc. Andrew R. Stolberg. Robinson will remain at the hospital for treatment, but the three others were scheduled for release Tuesday, the release stated.
The 7-ton truck, also known as a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement, overturned while towing another 7-ton truck.
The accident’s cause remains under investigation, according to the release.
As of Tuesday evening, details on the exact location of the accident, weather and road conditions at the time were unavailable from Marine public affairs officials.
The injured Marines are members of 3rd Transportation Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group in Okinawa. The battalion’s Marines often are known for the red patches they wear on their uniform, which identify their role in logistics support during battle.
Camp Fuji lies in the shadow of Mount Fuji outside of Tokyo. It includes the 34,000 acre Fuji Maneuver Area. The base is used jointly by U.S. and Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces for both live-fire and maneuver training.