Clipped From Ukiah Daily Journal
Guardsman killed, four injured in mock battle FORT IRWIN, Calif. (UPI) An Army guardsman was killed and four others were injured when their jeep overturned during a mock U.S.-Soviet desert battle, an Army spokesman said. The soldiers were among several hundred taking part in the desert exercises from around the country. They were stationed in Fort Riley, Kan., and had come to California for the drill, Sgt. 1st Class Armando Carrasco said Thursday. The jeep accident occurred Wednesday as the five men, who were fighting as U.S. forces, drove across the northern part of the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Carrasco said. Officials had not immediately determined what caused the jeep to turn over, but Carrasco described the area where the accident occurred as "desert terrain." The soldier killed was identified as Spec. 4 Ted T.'Ramos, 22, of the Nebraska National Guard, 22, from Ogallala, Neb. Capt. Tony Kowalcizik, a spokesman at Fort Riley, Kan., said the names of the injured soldiers would not be released. They were injured slightly and treated and released, he said. No further details were to be released until an investigation is completed, Kowalcizik said. Ramos was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The other four men were taken by helicopter from the giant base 37 miles northeast of Barstow, Calif., to Weed Army Community Hospital. Fort Irwin, 120 miles northeast of Los Angeles, has been the site of massive parachutes drops in recent years during the joint military exercise Gallant Eagle. In past war games in a terrain military used to simulate the Middle East, U.S forces do mock battle against opponents who use Soviet-style equipment and follow Warsaw Pact operation manuals.